stonewort


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stonewort:

see ChlorophytaChlorophyta
, phylum (division) of the kingdom Protista consisting of the photosynthetic organisms commonly known as green algae. The organisms are largely aquatic or marine.
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stonewort

[′stōn‚wȯrt]
(botany)
The common name for algae comprising the class Charophyceae, so named because most species are lime-encrusted.
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In this section, I will briefly summarize the limited data available about the life cycles of Coleochaete, Chaetosphaeridium, and stoneworts (Charales), and then relate this information to the evolution of embryophyte life cycles.
The conclusion that stoneworts have zygotic meiosis is based largely on Oehlkers (1916) and the lack of plausible alternative interpretations.
An overloading of nutrients lost from fields can boost the growth of algae, which in turn squeezes out plants like stoneworts and water buttercups.