Sargassum cinereum var. berberifolia   Grunow  (Algae)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Phaeophyceae

Size: Up to 30-36 cm.

Color: Brown

Plants with well marked discoidal holdfast, and an upper richly branched radially organized portion. Axes cylindrical glabrous; leaves alternately arranged, linear-oblong, margins of the leaves serrate, apex obtuse, cuneate at the base. Leaves of the younger plants 3.5 cm long, 8-10 mm broad. Leaves of the adult plants 2-2.5 cm. long and 5-8 mm broad. Midrib prominent with cryptostomata occurring on both sides of it. Vesicles spherical or somewhat longer than broad, possessing more or less mucronate tip, being 3-6 mm long and 2-4 mm broad. Cryptostomata richly present on the surface.

Receptacles richly branched forming panicles. Antheridial and oogonial receptacles borne on separate plants.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Yields algin)

Habitat:  Rocky, Coastal


• Gujarat, Dwarka INDIA
• Gujarat, Porbandar INDIA
• Karnataka, Karwar INDIA
• Maharashtra, Malvan INDIA
• Red Sea
• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• Kerala, Vizhinjam INDIA
• Gujarat, Sikka INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Mishra, JN (1966) Phaeophyceae in India ICAR 203 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Kaliaperumal, N and Kalimuthu, S (1997) Seaweed potential and its exploitation in India Seaweed Research and Utilisation Seaweed Research and Utilisation Association 19(1-2) 33-40 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Rao, MU (1970) The economic Seaweeds of India Bulletin Of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 20 1-82 Available at -

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