Alaria marginata, American wakame
Alaria marginata is a low intertidal alga in the order Lamiariales (the kelps), first described by Postels and Ruprecht in 1840. Its name means "winged margins", referring to its sporophylls which spring from the base.
Molecular Biology and Genetics
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Alaria marginata
Public Records: 5
Specimens with Barcodes: 25
Species With Barcodes: 1
Alaria marginata, the winged kelp, is a brown alga species in the genus Alaria. It Can grow up to 13 feet. Fronds are long and narrow with raised midrib and wavy edges. Each frond has two rows of several smooth, oblong, 5 inch spore-bearing blades at the base in winter. The base is attached to rocks.
- Alden, P. and Heath, F. (1998). National Audubon Society Field Guide to California. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 87.
- Algal Chemical Defense Against Herbivores: Allocation of Phenolic Compounds in the Kelp Alaria marginata. Peter D. Steinberg, Science, 27 January 1984, Volume 223, number 4634, pages 405-407, doi:10.1126/science.223.4634.405