Corallina officinalis

Common name: 

Common Coral Weed

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Widespread in temperate seas [15]

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

Found just above the low tide level, often forming a distinct turf in the lower eulittoral zone1

Flower description:



Epilithic red algae with pink-grey to medium red-purple thalli 2-6 cm high. In tufts of several to numerous erect fronds from a crustose base1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

Image of Corallina officinalis
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.