from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of confervoid algæ, typical of the order Oscillariaceæ.
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The name "oscillaria" arises from the peculiar oscillating or swinging movements that the plant exhibits.
Reproduction is for the most part by simple transverse division, as in oscillaria; but occasionally spores are produced also.
The larger ones (Fig. 8) recall quite strongly the smaller species of oscillaria, and exhibit similar movements.