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A multi-cellular green alga that attaches to sediments of ponds and lakes. Branch color can range from light green, to nearly translucent, to a grey-green color.
Chara usually is beneficial to fish and wildlife.
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Prefers sandy, shallow water, but some species have been reported to grow up to 25 ft deep.
Chara lacks multi-branching stems and odor. Nitella may also grow in slightly deeper water than Chara.
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