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Laminaria sinclairii

Laminaria sinclairii is a perennial, rhizomatous kelp which lives in cold nearshore waters from British Columbia to the Monterey peninsula in California.  It forms broad stands on outer shores and in bays.  The shape of its blade ranges from fairly broad and soft to narrow and tough.

Kazunoku kombu, "herring eggs on seaweed", is a traditional dish for Japanese New Year. The herring lay their eggs on fronds of Laminaria sinclairii. These fronds are harvested and heavily salted,

Like all kelps, L. sinclairii's life cycle alternates between a microscopic gamete and the macroscopic sporophyte.  

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