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Muskgrass

Chara spp.

Muskgrass is often mistaken for a vascular plant, but is actually a form of algae. It grows most commonly in shallow water where the nutrient levels are high. Its rough texture and strong, musty odor, almost garlic-like, easily distinguishes it when pulled from the water.

Also known as: Stonewort; Skunkweed; Sandgrass; Chara