Seanet High Intertidal

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Fucus gardneri P.C. Silva
Ochrophyta, Class Phaeophyceae, Order Fucales, Family Fucaceae

Thallus to 25 cm tall, flattened dichotomous branches with midrib, 15-25 mm wide; olive-brown. Reproductive conceptacles concentrated at branch tips (swollen when mature).

Common, upper mid-intertidal zone, protected outer coast.

Geo Range: Washington to Pt. Conception
Synonyms: previously identified as Fucus distichus
Similar species:  Hesperophycus has conspicuous white hairs.
Image: Silvetia compressa (lower left)