Nitzschia palea

(Kützing) W. Smith 1856      Category: Nitzschioid
BASIONYM: Synedra palea Kützing 1844
SYNONYM(S): Homoeocladia palea (Kützing) Kuntze 1898 

Nitzschia oregona


Nitzschia palea var. debilis

LM scalebar = 10 µm = 80 pixels.


Contributor: Pat Kociolek - September 2011
Length Range: 12-42 µm
Width Range: 3-4 µm
Striae in 10 µm: 36-38


Valves are lanceolate with sides parallel and tapering rapidly at the poles, terminating with subcapitate apices. Fibulae are distinct, with a distinct central nodule and number 11-13 in 10 µm. Striae barely visible in LM.

Original Description

Basionym: Synedra palea
Author: Kützing 1844
Length Range: µm
Striae in 10 µm:

Original Description

Original Images

Cite This Page:
Kociolek, P. (2011). Nitzschia palea. In Diatoms of the United States. Retrieved September 29, 2016, from

Species: Nitzschia palea

Contributor: Pat Kociolek

Reviewer: Kalina Manoylov


Hustedt, F. (1930). Bacillariophyta (Diatomeae). In: Die Subwasser Flora Mitteleuropas. (A. Pascher, ed.),10, Gustav Fischer, Jena. 468 pp.

Krammer, K. and Lange-Bertalot, H. (1988). Bacillariophyceae. 2. Teil: Bacillariaceae, Epithemiaceae, Surirellaceae. In: Ettl, H., J. Gerloff, H. Heynig and D. Mollenhauer (eds.) Susswasserflora von Mitteleuropa, Band 2/2. Gustav Fisher Verlag, Jena.

Smith, W. (1856). Synopsis of British Diatomaceae. John Van Voorst, London 1856. 2: 107pp., pls. 32-60, 61-62, A-E.

Van Heurck, H. (1881). Synopsis des Diatomées de Belgique. Atlas. Ducaju & Cie., Anvers. pls 31-77.

Links & ID's

Index Nominum Algarum (INA)

Original INA

California Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Nitzschia palea CAS

NCBI Genbank Taxonomy

Nitzschia palea NCBI

North American Diatom Ecological Database (NADED)

NADED ID: 48025

Autecology Discussion