Succulent Seaweed

Author: Wanda De Simone

Scientific name: Sarcodiotheca gaudichaudii

Size: it grows 10-40 cm tall

Identifying features:  This species has cylindrical, rather brittle fronds that are radially branching and irregularly arranged. The colour varies from straw yellow to pale pink to reddish brown. The ultimate branches (2-3mm thick), are tapered to sharp tips.

Habitat:  This species inhabits lower intertidal to upper subtidal pools where it grows mainly on small stones near sandy areas.


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Kozloff, E. (1993). Seashore Life of the Northern Pacific Coast. An illustrated guide to Northern California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Seattle, Washington: University of Washington Press.

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