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Chara (Muskgrass; Stonewort)

Photo of chara, an alga with stemlike and leaflike structures

These aquatic algae look like regular vascular plants and grow attached to muddy bottoms in calm waters. Chara has a crisp, gritty texture, a musky odor, and gray-green, needlelike structures that resemble leaves.

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