Stringy Acid Kelp

Desmarestia viridis

''Desmarestia viridis'' is a species of brown algae found worldwide. Its common names include stringy acid kelp, green acid kelp, Desmarest's green weed, and sea sorrel, though the last name can refer to other species of ''Desmarestia''. The light brown thallus is delicate with a disc-shaped holdfast. It releases sulfuric acid when damaged, destroying itself and nearby seaweeds in the process. They are found in shallow intertidal areas.
Stringy Acid Kelp - Desmarestia viridis Stinky brown seaweed.  It releases sulfuric acid when damaged, destroying itself and nearby seaweeds in the process.

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Appearance

This brown marine algae grows solitary to 2 m long. It is densely branched. The branches are terete and grow from a bulbous holdfast. The main axis is distinct and grows is 1 mm wide, the final branches fine and hair-like.
Soft Sour Weed - Desmarestia viridis Main branches are soft and opposite each other on a main axis. Grows to 60 cm.

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Distribution

Common around Ireland,Great Britain and the Isle of Man.

Habitat

''D. viridis'' is generally epilithic in shaded places in the lower littoral.

Reproduction

Sporangia are produced scattered on the surface of the frond, they are a little larger and darker than the vegetative cells surrounding it.

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Taxonomy
KingdomChromista
DivisionOchrophyta
ClassPhaeophyceae
OrderDesmarestiales
FamilyDesmarestiaceae
GenusDesmarestia
SpeciesD. viridis