Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Chara sp.

Chara is a genus of multicellular green algae that is found in slowly moving freshwater creeks. It is easy to mistake Chara for aquatic monocots such as Potamogeton or Zanichellia on first glance. Chara has short branchlike whorls along a "stem."
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Chara species, photo Russ Kleinman, Sycamore Canyon near Cliff

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