Asparagopsis taxiformis

Common Name:

Supreme Limu

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Northern Australia to Rottnest Island (WA), Southern Queensland, Lord Howe Island, the Gulf region of SA [15]
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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Tropical/subtropical oceans 1

Flower Description:



Epilithic thalli. Mid to dark brown-red red algae, 10-30 cm high 1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

This species has long, plumose main branches that have branched laterals. Branches and ramuli (ultimate branches) are more slender than in A. armata. This species is monoecious (male and female reproductive parts are borne on separate organs on the same plant) 1


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