Botryocladia leptopoda   (J. Agardh) Kylin,  1931 (Algae)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Florideophyceae

Size: Plants 30-50 cm in height.

Color: Purplish red

Plants attached to substratum by well defined holdfast; much branched, axes and branches cartilaginous, terete to subterete. Branches covered entirely with numerous bladder-like vesicles. Vesicles numerous, generally radially disposed on branches, pyriform, globose, shortly pedicillate, varying much in size from 1-2 mm broad to 4-5 mm in diameter, mostly smaller in size and generally with rather large vesicles intermingled; younger vesicles occurring in between the older ones.

Cavity inside the vesicles filled with clear mucilage. Wall layer of vesicles 60-65 ยต thick, 2-3 layered. Innermost layer of large cells covered near periphery by a cortical layer. Cortical layer of one of two cells thick made up of large number of small cells of variable size forming a dense cover. Gland cells on the innermost large cells and facing the cavity inside the vesicles, globular, regularly distributed, generally single gland cell on each large cell, very rarely 2 or 3 on the same cell. Substance membranaceous, firm in the stem.

Synonym (s)
Chrysymenia uvaria var. leptopoda J. Agardh, 1876
Chrysymenia leptopoda (J. Agardh) Weber-van Bosse, 1928

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Rocky, Coastal


• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island, Galaxea reef INDIA (Record: 1940-1950)
• Tamil Nadu, Kilakarai-Dhanushkodi INDIA (Record: 12/1990-01/1991)
• Gujarat, Okha Reef INDIA
• Gujarat, Adatra Reef INDIA
• Gujarat, Hanumandandi Reef INDIA
• Gujarat, Dwarka Reef INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pamban INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar, Pudumadam INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Kilakarai INDIA
• Gujarat, Dwarka INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Kanniyakumari INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Dhanushkodi INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam INDIA
• Gujarat, Okha INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin INDIA
• Gujarat, Veraval INDIA
• Gujarat, Shivrajpur INDIA
• Gujarat, Porbandar INDIA

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