Botany A lower plant of the division Charophyta, such as a stonewort.
- An increase in turgor also causes a depolarization in the turgor-regulating charophytes Chara longifolia and Lamprothamnium succinctum.
- These features suggest that the common ancestor of charophytes and land plants had a life cycle similar to that of charophytes, and that the common ancestor of bryophytes and vascular plants was gametophyte-dominant.
- Unlike the other green algae, the charophytes share with plants the phragmoplast method of cell division, and the asymmetric arrangement of their sperm flagella.
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