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(ˈkær əˌfaɪt)

any green algae of the class Charophyceae (or group Charophyta), comprising the stoneworts.
[< New Latin Charophyta <Char(a) a genus of stoneworts]
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In this work, special importance was given to Charophyta, the only non- spermatophyte included in this study.
Of these, 7 species belongs each to Chlorophyta and Rhodophyta, 2 each to Cyanobacteria and Ochrophyta and 1 to Charophyta.
Snow Charophyta Closterium acerosum (Schrank) Ehrenberg ex Ralfs Charophyta Cosmarium biretum Playfair Heterokontophyta Dinobyron divergens O.
V P Coccotylus truncatus P B Furcellaria lumbricalis V P B Polysiphonia fucoides P Rhodomela confervoides P PHAEOPHYCEAE Fucus vesiculosus V P Pylaiella littoralis P CHLOROPHYTA Cladophora glomerata V P Ulva intestinalis P CHAROPHYTA Chara aspera V P MAGNOLIOPHYTA Myriophyllum spicatum V P Potamogeton sp.
An understanding of the life cycle of advanced members of the Charophyta is thus key to selection of the antithetic (interpolation) theory of land sporophyte origin over the homologous (transformation) theory.
Algae are classified into different division (phylum) namely Chlorophyta, Charophyta, Phaeophyta, Rhodophyta, Bacillariophyta, Xanthophyta, and Euglenophyta.