Story: Life in fresh water

Charophyte (3rd of 3)


Charophytes are macro-algae (large enough to be seen by the naked eye) that form dense meadows at greater depths in lakes. Such plants, below the water’s surface, use sunlight to convert basic chemical nutrients in water and lake sediments into leaves, stalks and other plant matter. Many animals browse these plants or use them as cover.

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Roger Young, 'Life in fresh water - Plants and recyclers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 December 2022)

Story by Roger Young, published 24 Sep 2007