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Turkish Washcloth Sep 2014.<br />
Morphology highly variable: thallus &lt;15 cm tall, flattened; varies in width with tips divided ~dichotomously; flattened faces of thalli covered thickly or sparsely with papillae of various sizes; dark brown to reddish black. There are separate male and female plants that produce haploid gametes. Male plants lack papillae &amp; are light rose to yellowish in color. In the pictures I think we are looking at a female gametophyte since it has many little papillae. Papillae is where fertilization occurs.<br />
Habitat:<br />
Tidal pools, next to Morro Rock. Morro Bay, CA. Fall,Geotagged,Mastocarpus papillatus,Turkish Washcloth,United States Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Turkish Washcloth

Sep 2014.
Morphology highly variable: thallus <15 cm tall, flattened; varies in width with tips divided ~dichotomously; flattened faces of thalli covered thickly or sparsely with papillae of various sizes; dark brown to reddish black. There are separate male and female plants that produce haploid gametes. Male plants lack papillae & are light rose to yellowish in color. In the pictures I think we are looking at a female gametophyte since it has many little papillae. Papillae is where fertilization occurs.
Habitat:
Tidal pools, next to Morro Rock. Morro Bay, CA.

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  1. Wonderfully evocative name! Posted 4 months ago

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Description: Thallus is a branched blade, reddish brown (almost black) to yellowish brown, tough, reaching 15 cm (6 in) tall; branching dichotomous to irregular. This perennial species arises from a Petrocelis-like base; female thalli have distinct bumps (papillae), like a rough washcloth. Habitat: One of our most common seaweeds, growing on rocks from the high to mid intertidal of semi-protected to semi-exposed habitats. Similar taxa: Mastocarpus spp., including unnamed low intertidal and tidepool.. more

Similar species: Gigartinales
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Uploaded Aug 13, 2017. Captured Sep 24, 2014 00:49 in Coleman Dr, Morro Bay, CA 93442, USA.
  • SP-820UZ
  • f/3.4
  • 10/600s
  • ISO80
  • 4mm