Wrangelia penicillata   (C. Agardh) C. Agardh,  1828 (Algae)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Florideophyceae

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Plants sturdy, widely and regularly alternately branched in 2 ranks, the axes to about 0.5-1.5 dm in length, the branches with a spread of 1-2 dm. Axes corticated by the downgrowth of filaments from the nodes, these filaments becoming approximated and giving rise to a rather regular pseudoparenchymatous cortex. Branchlets terminating in attenuate cells, frequently in single spine-like cells, or these deciduous, the tips then appearing blunt.

Tetrasporangia to 80 µ diameter, the involucral filaments loosely arranged, the end cells 3-5 diameters long. Spermatangial clusters terminal on short lateral branchlets developed at the nodes. Clusters 55-60 µ diameter surrounded by a few stout involucral filaments. Cystocarps terminal on short branchlets, surrounded by very many slender incurved involucral filaments.

Epiphytic on coarser algae.

Synonym (s)
Griffithsia penicillata C. Agardh, 1824
(Homotypic synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats




Literature Source(s)
  • Silva, PC; Basson, PW and Moe, RL (1996) Catalogue of the benthic marine algae of the Indian Ocean University of California Press 79 1259 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Starfish Available at - http://www.starfish.ch/
  • (2006) Algaebase Available at - http://www.algaebase.org/
  • Taylor, WR (1972) Marine algae of the eastern tropical and subtropical coasts of the Americas University of Michigan Press 870 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Sahoo, D; Nivedita and Debasish (2001) Seaweeds of Indian coast S. B. Nangia, A. P. H. Publishing Corporation, New Delhi 283 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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