Cymathere triplicata (Triple-rib kelp)
Copyright © 2006 Jan Holmes
This annual brown seaweed is one of the few kelps to have a discoid hold fast instead of finger-like haptera. Three longitudinal folds running the length of the entire blade give this kelp its common name. A stipe up to ~25 cm (10 inches) long leads to a blade that can reach 4 meters (12 feet) in length and 18cm (7 inches) wide. It is found in the low intertidal and subtidal on exposed and semi-protected rocky shores. O'Clair and Lindstrom note that Cymathere and Hedophyllum are two of the most thermally sensitive seaweed species and cannot survive in waters warmer than 64° -59° F respectively.
page was created by Jan Holmes on 1/6/07.