Macrocystis pyrifera

Common name: 

Giant Kelp

Family: 
Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

From Margaret Brock reef (SA) to Walkerville (Vic) with drift plants as far north as Bondi (NSW), north and north-west coasts of Tasmania

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

Shallow to deep water, to 22 m depth

Flower description:

N/A

Habit:

Brown algae with dark brown thallus to 10 m, bearing many fronds with broad blades1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

Images:
Image of Macrocystis pyrifera
Conservation status:

References:

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