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Order Ceramiales

Family Delesseriaceae

Papenfussia  Kylin

Plants foliaceous, growing from transversely divided apical cells; primary cell row with intercalary divisions. Thallus becoming polystromatic, in section showing regular horizontal and vertical cell rows; veins absent. Tetrasporangial sori and cystocarps scattered over the submarginal part of the thallus; carposporophytes with terminal carposporangia. This genus includes the South African species previously ascribed to Pollexfenia : for nomenclatural reasons they must be assigned to Papenfussia (Womersley 2003).

Key to species


1a. Plants elongate, flabellate, up to 15 cm long

P. laciniata

1b. Plants with more or less circular outline, more or less incised, up to 3 cm tall

P. minuta

References Papenfussia

Womersley, H.B.S. 2003. The marine benthic flora of southern Australia - Part IIID Ceramiales - Delesseriaceae, Sarcomeniaceae, Rhodomelaceae. 533.pp. Canberra & Adelaide: Australian Biological Resources Study & State Herbarium of South Australia.


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 19 April 2024.