Cladophora flexuosa:: Race Rocks Taxonomy.


Cladophora flexuosa  in the intertidal zone — photo by Ryan Murphy

Description: The plant is light green in colour, filamentous, erect, 5-20 cm. high, and profusely branched. The filamentous branches are uniseriate, with elongate cells, 4-6 times as long as broad. The branches taper at the ends to a subacute apex; the branching habit is alternate, with the ultimate branchlets being only a few cells in length. The plant is attached to the substrate by means of a short, basal, simple or branched rhizoidal filaments.
Habitat: In rock pools in the lower intertidal zone.
Pacific Coast Distribution: Alaska to California
Robert Scagel, 1972

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Chlorophyta
Class: Ulvophyceae
Order: Cladophorales
Family: Cladophoraceae
Genus: Cladophora
Species: flexuosa (Kütz., 1843)


Cladophora flexuosa amongst the Californianus sp mussels

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