Marine Plants of Hawai'i
|Description: this is a soft limp & slippery smooth seaweed with
somewhat flattened branches that can be red green brown or almost black. Size and shape
vary greatly with either few or many branches
|Size: 0.5-5mm wide and 2-30cm long.
|Habitat: at zero tide, rocky coastlines and shallow reef flats
|Description: many thick, lose branches forming from a central
stipe. Color varies from red to white.
|Size: from 3-12 cm
|Habitat: most commonly found growing
in between branches of corals
in waters deeper than 5 m but can be found on reef flats occasionally.
|Description: red to maroon encrusting seaweed calcified on its
lower surface. Its edges are free but the bottom remains firmly attached to rubble, dead
coral, or other hard surfaces.
|Size: covers areas 2-20 cm wide
|Habitat: common in most subtidal habitats.
|Photograph: Puhi Bay, Hilo Hawai'i. 1996
|Description: produces a distinctive strong odor. Bright red to
orange-red and grows 2-6cm high with branches that are rolled inward at the tips
|Habitat: found in almost any habitat