A Swaying Forest of Sea Palms


(photo: S. Jeffries)

This lush crop of sea palms, or Postelsia palmaeformis, has colonized the wave-swept edge of the rocky intertidal.  MLML student Sara Hutto is studying these algae for her thesis – learn more about her adventures dodging waves in the surf zone!

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One Response to “A Swaying Forest of Sea Palms”

  1. Get Hit with Waves to Live on the Beach? « The Drop-In to Moss Landing Marine Labs Says:

    […] algae.  The algae pictured here is a really tough one compared to the others.  The Sea Palm, Postelsia palmaeformis, lives in the harsh crash zone of the intertidal.  It loves intense wave motion and lives on hard […]

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