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Order Bryopsidales

Family Bryopsidaceae

Bryopsis plumosa (Hudson) C. Agardh 1823: 448

Plants dark green, bushy, up to 10 cm tall. Siphons branched 1-3 times, pinnately; branchlets strictly distichously arranged, decreasing in length towards the apex to produce narrow pyramidal outline near the apex. Main siphon up to 600 µm diameter, tapering distally; branchlets about 100 µm diameter, unbranched for up to 5 mm before branching. 

Distribution and collections

In South Africa found from Table Bay harbour to northern KZN (17-58), in the lower eulittoral zone and rock pools. Long (12 cm), lax specimens were collected from floats in the protected environment of Table Bay harbor (Stegenga et al. 1997).

Worldwide distribution: widespread in in cool and temperate seas (Guiry & Guiry 2014).

Type locality: Devon, England. 


Bryopsis plumosa, herbarium specimen (scale numbers in cm)

 Bryopsis plumosa (scale numbers in cm)


References Bryopsis plumosa

Agardh, C.A. (1823). Species algarum rite cognitae, cum synonymis, differentiis specificis et descriptionibus succinctis. Volumen primum pars posterior. pp. [vii-viii], [399]-531. Lundae [Lund]: ex officina Berlingiana.

Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2014. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway.; searched on 4 June 2014.

Stegenga, H., Bolton, J.J. and R. J. Anderson. 1997. Seaweeds of the South African west coast. Contributions from the Bolus Herbarium 18: 655 pp.


Cite this record as:

Anderson RJ, Stegenga H, Bolton JJ. 2016. Seaweeds of the South African South Coast.
World Wide Web electronic publication, University of Cape Town,; Accessed on 26 February 2024.