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Cosmarium clepsydra Desmid Species Outer Hebrides

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Phylum: Charophyta   Family: Desmidiaceae

Cosmarium clepsydra Nordstedt

Widespread but not common. A variable speices which has spawned numerous varieties over time. The Loch a' Bhursta cells have a distinct peaked apex a bit like a Chinaman's hat, and an open sinus

Kouwets, F.A.C. (in manuscript) European Flora of the Desmid Genus Cosmarium
Coesel, P.F.M. & Meesters, K.J. (2007) Mesotaeniaceae and Desmidiaceae of the European Lowlands
West, W. & West, G.S. (1908) A Monograph of the British Desmidiaceae, Volume 3