Baltic stonewort Chara baltica

Status Red - Endangered & Critically Endangered
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Habitat Coastal

A simple water plant with whorls of narrow leaf-like branches along its length.

It is often up to 90 cm long, and is scattered with small bristles.

Distribution

It is found at four sites in the Norfolk Broads as well as at four other British coastal sites.

Habitat

Sand in pools and ponds near the sea, favouring slightly salty water.

Status

Classified as Endangered.

Key threats

It is mainly threatened by nutrient enrichment caused by fertilisers, but can also be smothered by stronger water plants, particularly invasive aliens.