Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional

Order Siphonocladales

Family Valoniaceae

Valonia macrophysa Kützing 1843: 307

Plants dark green, comprising cushions of large, bladder-like cells. Cells 3-35 mm in diameter, each with 1-8 terminal or lateral branches. Cushions from a few to more than 20 cm in diameter. Attachment by minute rhizoids arising from basal cells.

Collections, ecology and regional distribution

Recorded from Morgan Bay to northern Kwazulu-Natal (44-58). Found on vertical or overhanging rock from tide pools down to more than 20 m depth. 

World distribution: widespread in tropical and warm temperate waters (Guiry & Guiry 2012).

Type locality: Lessina, Croatia (Kützing 1843).


Valonia macrophysa, Mzamba.


References Valonia macrophysa

Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2012. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway.; searched August 2012.

Kützing, F.T. (1843). Phycologia generalis oder Anatomie, Physiologie und Systemkunde der Tange... Mit 80 farbig gedruckten Tafeln, gezeichnet und gravirt vom Verfasser. pp. [part 1]: [i]-xxxii, [1]-142, [part 2:] 143-458, 1, err.], pls 1-80. Leipzig: F.A. Brockhaus.


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.