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Rockweed

Fucus gardneri

Description:

An abundant brown seaweed in Puget Sound. Dark brown with a greenish hue. The thallus is flat with a midrib running thru the middle of the branches. Individuals grow to 40-50 cm and live up to four years. The tips of mature individuals swell up and provide flotation for the plant.

Habitat:

Spotted washed ashore at Joseph Whidbey State Park. Fucus gardneri inhabits the high to mid intertidal and thrives in both exposed and protected areas. It can tolerate a wide salinity range and withstand desiccation during long periods of exposure.


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Washington, USA

Lat: 48.31, Long: -122.71

Spotted on Dec 8, 2018
Submitted on Jan 1, 2019

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