Convergent stonewort Chara Connivens

Status Red - Endangered & Critically Endangered
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A simple water plant with whorls of narrow leaf-like branches along its length.

It is slender and fragile with no spines and the whorls are far apart.

Distribution

It is found at only five sites, two in Devon and three in Norfolk.

Habitat

Still ponds and pools, mainly in chalk or limestone areas.

Status

Classified as Endangered.

Key threats

Nutrient enrichment of the water from fertilisers is probably its main threat, but another is smothering by stronger water plants, particularly invasive non-native plants.