Champia affinis

Common name: 

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Rottnest Island (WA) to Western Port (Vic) and around Tasmania

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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

On the surface or in pools on rough-water rock platforms at low tide level. Can be in deeper water or calm-water situations1

Flower description:



Usually epilithic red algae with grey-red to purple thalli, 4-15 (rarely to 40) cm high with one to several main pyramidal fronds1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

This species has branches that taper from the base to apices (ie. they are not linear) and thallus segments are obscured except in young branches1

Image of Champia affinis
Image of Champia affinis
Conservation status:


1 Womersley, H. B. S. (1996). “The marine benthic flora of Southern Australia. Rhodophyta. Part IIIB, Gracilariales, Rhodymeniales, Corallinales and Bonnemaisoniales”. ABRS, Canberra.