Freshwater Plants and Algae

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Alternanthera reineckii 'rosaefolia' Jeff Ucciardo

Aquatic Plants

Division Magnoliophyta

Flowering Plants

  • Number of Living Species: 230,000 (mostly terrestrial and freshwater aquatic, relatively few in marine environments).


Division Chlorophyta

Green Algae

Number of Living Species: 9,000-12,000, about 10 percent marine.

Common Characteristics: contain chlorophylls a and b; starch stored inside chloroplast.

Division Chromophyta

Diatoms, Golden Algae, Brown Algae, Kelps

  • Number of Living Species: 18,000, freshwater and marine.
  • Common Characteristics: most contain chlorophyll a; carotenoids present; starch stored outside chloroplast.

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Freshwater Plants and Algae

Freshwater BioGroups Plants and Algae families:

 Freshwater Plants and Algae

Reference: 101 Best Aquarium Plants
Image credit: JU
Text credit: MES