Seanet Low Intertidal

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Prionitis lanceolata (Harvey) Harvey
Phylum Rhodophyta, Class Florideophyceae, Order Halymeniales, Family Halymeniaceae

Thallus bushy, of 1-2 flattened stipes 20-30 cm tall from discoid holdfast; branches dichotomous 2-5 mm wide with flattened lanceolate lateral proliferations. Branch widths remain ~constant throughout length; relatively stiff; dark red with main axes appearing nearly black in low light.

Abundant, mid- to low intertidal zones, protected outer coast; also grows subtidally where plants are less bushy.

Geo Range: British Columbia to Baja
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Image: surf grass Phyllospadix (rt side, across bottom)