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Kappaphycus striatum
(Solieriaceae)

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Kappaphycus striatum is a tough, fleshy, firm marine algae ("seaweed") up to 10 inches in length. Its heavy thalli (plural of thallus, a plant body that is not differentiated into root, stem or leaf) are less than 1/2 inch in diameter. It is frequently and irregularly branched, with major branches relatively straight, with no secondary branches near the tips. Spines, blunt or sharp, are in rows or like teeth along the branches. Dark green, or reddish in shaded areas, it branches in variable patterns. It lives in shallow subtidal reef flats and reef edges, 15 to 50 feet deep. It floats as unattached fragments in shallow or deep waters, sometimes in large, moving mats, or is loosely attached to broken coral. 


Taxonomy & nomenclature

GRIN nomenclature info for Kappaphycus striatum
Nomenclatural information about Kappaphycus striatum is provided by USDA/ARS/NGRP/GRIN.

Kappaphycus striatum information from ITIS
The Integrated Taxonomic Information System ITIS provides authoritative taxonomic information on Kappaphycus striatum, as well as other plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.

IPNI nomenclature info for Kappaphycus striatum
Nomenclatural information about Kappaphycus striatum is provided by The International Plant Names Index (IPNI).


Impacts

Kappaphycus striatum (Solieriaceae): species information from GCW
Information on Kappaphycus striatum as relevant to Pacific Islands is provided by the Global Compendium of Weeds (GCW).


Images

Kappaphycus striatum information from the Smithsonian Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Information about Kappaphycus striatum in Hawaii is available from the Smithsonian Flora of the Hawaiian Islands.


Distribution

Kappaphycus striatum information from the Smithsonian Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Information about Kappaphycus striatum in Hawaii is available from the Smithsonian Flora of the Hawaiian Islands.


Books

Hawaiian Reef Plants
Huisman, John M., Isabella A. Abbott, and Celia M. Smith. 2007. Hawaiian Reef Plants. A publication of the University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program. Report no. UNIHI-SEAGRANT-BA-03-02. ISBN: 1-929054-04-1.


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