Phyllospora comosa

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Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

From Robe (SA) aound Victoria and Tasmania to Port Macquarie (NSW). Drift specimens known from Encounter Bay and Pennington Bay (Kangaroo Island)
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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Rough-water coasts in deeper pools and the upper sublittoral 1

Flower Description:



Brown algae with dark brown thallus 0.5-2 m long, much branched with a short, single stipe bearing long, flat, primary branches with dense, marginal laterals closely arranged along their length, with scattered vesicles. Mostly in one plane 1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

This species is distinguished from Seirococcus and Scytothalia by its habit (it has long primary branches bearing dense marginal rows of simple laterals), and the presence of vesicles 1


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