March 10, 2016
(Chara spp.) is a complex algae that resembles a higher plant. It’s identified by its pungent, odor and whorls of toothed branched leaves. Ecologically, muskgrass provides shelter for juvenile fish and is associated with black crappie spawning sites. Waterfowl love to feast on Chara when the plant bears its seed-like oogonia. Muskgrass serves an important role in stabilizing bottom sediment, tying up nutrients in the water column, and aiding with water clarity.