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Nitella partita - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Nitella partita
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 03 Dec 2004
Profile last updated: 29 Jun 2022


A macroscopic green alga (charophyte) superficially similar to submerged flowering plants, with flexible stems and whorls of branch-like structures that carry the reproductive organs. It is a rooted annual aquatic plant to 10cm high with internodes 8-23 mm long, 0.3-0.5 mm wide and 6 branchlets in a whorl.


Recorded for the first time in NSW in 1999, in the seed banks of four wetlands in north western New South Wales: the saline permanent Lake Altibouka in the Bulloo catchment; the freshwater permanent Waitchie Lake; freshwater temporary Pied Stilt Swamp and Momba Swamp in the Paroo catchment. Likely to be patchily distributed and its abundance is difficult to quantify because of the ephemeral nature of its habitat. Present in the Central Darling Local Government Area and Unincorporated Area.

Habitat and ecology

  • Appears to be a summer annual, germinating in response to inundation and higher temperatures, growing rapidly during the warmer months before fruiting and dying off in winter.
  • Charophyte sexual propagules (oospores) although tiny (usually <1mm long), can survive prolonged desiccation and form long-lived dormant 'seed' banks in the soil. Oospores generally exhibit dormancy when first released and germination of less than 10 per cent is common even after prolonged stratification to break dormancy.
  • Occurs in a wide range of temporary and permanent wetland habitats including those with fresh, brackish and saline water.

Regional distribution and habitat

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Mulga LandsCuttaburra-Paroo Known None
Mulga LandsParoo Overflow Predicted None
Mulga LandsUrisino Sandplains Predicted None
Mulga LandsWhite Cliffs Plateau Known None