|A single Arthrospira platensis colony|
Arthrospira is a genus of free-floating filamentous cyanobacteria characterized by cylindrical, multicellular trichomes in an open left-hand helix. A dietary supplement is made from A. platensis and A. maxima, known as spirulina. The A. maxima and A. platensis species were once classified in the genus Spirulina. Although the introduction of the two separate genera Arthrospira and Spirulina is now generally accepted, there has been much dispute in the past and the resulting taxonomical confusion is tremendous.
From genus name Spirulina, from Spirula + -ina.
- A food supplement prepared from blue-green algae of the genus Arthrospira found in soda lakes.
spirulina f (plural spiruline)
spirulina f (plural spirulinas)