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Order Ceramiales

Family Ceramiaceae

Perischelia glomulifera (J.Agardh) J.Agardh ex Kylin 1956: 397, fig. 311B

Thallus red, stringy and flaccid, up to 30 cm long, branched, heavily corticated, with branches (usually) beset with short glomuliferous tufts. Tufts on short lateral branches, bearing a few to many determinate, alternately pinnate branchlets, 1-2 mm wide and long, borne on short stalks. Holdfast a disc. One specimen in BOL appears devoid of glomuliferous tufts, a condition seen is some branches of another more typical specimen. Reproduction unknown.

For further details see Womersley (1998).

Collections ecology and regional distribution

Recorded from Struisbaai to Morgan Bay (23-43). Rarely found, apparently in drift, and it may be a deeper-water species.

World distribution: First described from Australia (see Womersley 1998).

Type locality: Port Phillip Heads, Victoria (Womersley 1998).


Perischelia glomulifera, drift specimen from Struisbaai (herbarium specimen).

Perischelia glomulifera, detail of drift specimen from Struisbaai (herbarium specimen).

Perischelia glomulifera, drift specimen from Riet River, near Port Alfred (herbarium specimen). Note absence of glomuliferous tufts.


References Perischelia glomulifera

Kylin, H. 1956. Die Gattungen der Rhodophyceen. pp. i-xv, 1-673, 458 figs. Lund: C.W.K. Gleerups.

Womersley, H.B.S. 1998. The marine benthic flora of southern Australia - Part IIIC. Ceramiales - Ceramiaceae, Dasyaceae. pp. 535. 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 26 February 2024.