Funnelweed (Padina gymnospora)
Batu Lubang Besar, Lembeh.
Interestingly, as many other organisms of the sea yet to be studied, the funnelweed has healing wound properties. See:
Padina gymnospora is characterised by the thick thallus (up to 8 cell layers), the distribution of sporangia primarily on the superior surface of the thallus and the evanescent indusium. Specimens are collected in shallow pools in the sublittoral fringe (De Clerck et al 2002).
Thalli, attached by a small stupose rhizoidal base, are to 6.5 cm high, flabellate and composed of several lobes with inrolled margins. The superior surface (the side toward which the margin is inrolled) is slightly to.. more