Nitella flexilis

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Nitella flexilis
Nitella flexilis var. flexilis.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Charophyta
Class: Charophyceae
Order: Charales
Family: Characeae
Genus: Nitella
Species: N. flexilis
Binomial name
Nitella flexilis
(L.) C.Agardh[1]

Nitella flexilis, the smooth stonewort,[2] is a freshwater[3] species of characean algae that is used as a model organism for its large cell size and relative ease of cultivation in the laboratory.

Description

A robust species growing up to a meter long with axes up to 1mm wide. Branches in whorls once or twice divided.[4]

Distribution

The species occurs on all continents of the world except Australia.[5] It has been recorded from several counties in Ireland. From the Eglinton Canal in Galway;[6] and in Counties Down and Londonderry;[7] River Dorree in Clare Island Co. Mayo 2004.[8]

References

  1. ^ Straminipilous Fungi: Systematics of the Peronosporomycetes, Including Sccounts of the Marine Dtraminipilous ProtIsts, the Plasmodiophorids, and Similar Organisms. Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers. 2001. ISBN 0-7923-6780-4. 
  2. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  3. ^ "Nitella flexilis (Linnaeus) C. Agardh". Retrieved 11 January 2010. 
  4. ^ Ed. Guiry, M.D., John, D.M., Rindi, F. and McCarthy, T.K. 2007. New Survey of Clare Island. Volume 6: The Freshwater and Terrestrial Algae. Royal Irish Academy. ISBN 978-1-904890-31-7
  5. ^ "Nitella flexilis (Stonewort)". IUCN. Retrieved 2 January 2017. 
  6. ^ Pybus, C.; O'Halloran, P. (2009). "Distribution of some submerged aquatic macrophytes in the Eglinton Canal, Galway". Ir. Nat. J. 30: 51–53. 
  7. ^ Morton, O. in Hackney, P. 1992. The Flora of the North-east of Ireland. Institute of Irish Studies and The Queen's University Belfast. ISBN 0-85389-446-9
  8. ^ Ed. Guiry, M.D., John, D.M., Rindi, F. and McCarthy, T.K. 2007. New Survey of Clare Island. Volume 6: The Freshwater and Terrestrial Algae. Royal Irish Academy. ISBN 978-1-904890-31-7


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