Bearded stonewort Chara canescens
|Status||Red - Endangered & Critically Endangered|
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A simple water plant with whorls of narrow leaf-like branches along its length, and covered with dense spines.
It flourishes in several ponds near Peterborough and there is one small colony in the Western Isles.
Ponds and pools near the sea in slightly salty water.
Classified as Critically Endangered.
Smothering by stronger water plants, particularly invasive aliens, is probably the main threat, but another is from nutrient enrichment of the water from fertilisers.