Chondracanthus spp.(Turkish towel)
Copyright © 2007 Jan Holmes
This low intertidal and subtidal red seaweed looks like a piece of bath towel and actually has been used by native peoples for bathing. Main blades, up to 80 cm (32 in.) and half as wide are un-branched and covered with bumps called papillae that may be associated with reproductive structures or may be vegetative features. The base of the blade tapers to a short stipe and discoid holdfast. There may also be several smaller blades arising from the stipe. Blade color is reddish purple to yellow. This genus used to be called Gigartina.
page was created by Jan Holmes on 1/23/07.