Story: Seaweed

Gummy weed (2nd of 3)

Gummy weed

Gummy weed (Splachnidium rugosum) is a distinctive little brown seaweed found on intertidal rocks all around New Zealand’s coast. It cannot be mistaken for another seaweed if touched, as its tubular fronds are fully of sticky gum. The gum protects the seaweed from shrivelling up when the tide is out.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Seaweed - Types of seaweed', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/4591/gummy-weed (accessed 14 August 2020)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006