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Chara gracilis J.E.Smith 1810

Empire Eukaryota
Kingdom Plantae
Subkingdom Viridiplantae
Infrakingdom Streptophyta infrakingdom
Phylum Charophyta
Class Charophyceae
Order Charales
Family Characeae
Tribe Chareae
Genus Chara


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Chara gracilis J.E.Smith
Another copy of pl. 2140 from Smith's English Botany, less coloured. 30 Apr 2020. Scan. © Out of copyright.

Chara gracilis J.E.Smith
pl. 2140 English Botany. presumably from the type material in BM. 30 Apr 2020. M.D. Guiry. © Out of copyright.


Navicula pseudoventralis Hustedt

Chara gracilis J.E.Smith Another copy of pl. 2140 from Smith's English Botany, less coloured
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Publication details
Chara gracilis J.E.Smith 1810: pl. 2140

Published in: Smith, J.E. (1809-1810). English botany; or, coloured figures of British plants, with their essential characters, synonyms, and places of growth. To which will be added, occasional remarks. / By James Edward Smith, M.D. F.R.S. member of the Imp. Acad. Naturae Curiosorum, the Academies of Stockholm, Upsal, Turin, Lisbon, Lund, Berlin, Philadelphia and the Nat. Hist. Societies of Paris and Moscow; President of the Linnæan Society. The figures by James Sowerby, F.L.S. Vol. XXX [30] pp. [1, 3, 5, indexes], [1-2, corr. text for earlier plates], pls. 2089-2160. London: printed by R. Taylor and Co., Shoe-Lane, Fleet-Street; and sold by the proprietor, J. Sowerby, at No. 2, Mead Place, Lambth; by Messrs. White and Co., Fleet-Street; Johnson, St. Paul's Church yard; Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, [...].
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Type species
The type species (lectotype) of the genus Chara is Chara vulgaris Linnaeus.

Status of name
This name is currently regarded as a synonym of Nitella gracilis (J.E.Smith) C.Agardh

Type information
Type locality: St. Leonard's forest, Sussex [England] (Smith 1809-1810: pl. 2140). Holotype: Mr W. Borrer; Sept 4, 1809; boggy pool. BM (Smith 1809-1810: pl. 2140). Notes: The Borrer BM specimen was dsignate as "Lectotype" by Heiko Korsh in Arbeitsgruppe Armleuchteralgen Deutschland (2015: 435). While Smith mentions other material, the description and plate is more likely based on the material from Sussex, which constitutes a "single gathering."

Infrageneric classification
Subgenus Tieffallenia Section Gioallenia

Origin of species name
Adjective (Latin), thin, slender (Stearn 1973).

No synonyms are currently included in AlgaeBase.

General environment
This is a freshwater species.

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Source of current name
Agardh, C.A. (1824). Systema algarum. pp. [i]-xxxvii, [1]-312. Lundae [Lund]: Literis Berlingianis [Berling].

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