Cystophora platylobium

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Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

From 16 km east of Eucla (SA) around south-eastern Australia and Tasmania to Bondi (NSW) [12]

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

Deep water (10-48 m deep) on rough-water coasts in south-eastern Australia1

Flower description:



Brown algae with medium brown robust thallus 1-2 m long with a broad primary axis bearing strongly developed secondary axes and once pinnate laterals1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

This species has branching from the edges of flattened axes (5-15 mm broad), laterals that are once pinnate, and vesicles that are spherical and 5-15 mm in diameter1

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1 Womersley, H. B. S. (1987). “The marine benthic flora of Southern Australia. Rhodophyta. Part II”. ABRS, Canberra.