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30 June 2014 A revision of Chara sect. Protochara, comb. et stat. nov. (Characeae: Charophyceae)
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A revision of a group of ecorticate species of Chara is presented, on the basis of fresh, pressed and spirit-preserved material. The following seven species are recognised, characterised by a very simple morphology, with few or inconspicuous accessory cells (cortication, stipulodes, bract cells, bracteoles) and large gametangia: Chara australis R.Br., C. lucida (A.Braun) Casanova & Karol comb et. stat. nov., C. porteri Casanova, sp. nov., C. protocharoides Casanova & Karol, nom. nov. (=Protochara australis Womersley & Ophel) and C. stuartiana (Kütz.) Casanova & Karol comb. et. stat. nov. from Australia, and C. corallina Klein ex Willd. and C. wallichii A.Braun from Asia. A new section, Chara subg. Charopsis sect. Protochara (Womersley & Ophel) Casanova & Karol, comb. et stat. nov., is erected to accommodate these taxa, formerly placed in sect. Charopsis.

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Michelle T. Casanova and Kenneth G. Karol "A revision of Chara sect. Protochara, comb. et stat. nov. (Characeae: Charophyceae)," Australian Systematic Botany 27(1), 23-27, (30 June 2014). https://doi.org/10.1071/SB13016
Received: 2 April 2013; Accepted: 1 April 2014; Published: 30 June 2014
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