Rainbow wrack (Cystoseira tamariscifolia)
|Researched by||Olwen Ager||Refereed by||Admin|
|Authority||(Hudson) Papenfuss, 1950|
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandA southern species recorded in southwest Britain, recorded around the coast of Ireland predominantly in the west and although recorded from the Hebrides, rare in the north.
Global distributionFound in the north east Atlantic, Mediterranean and southeast Atlantic.
HabitatFound in rockpools and on the lower shore. Grows on both rocky shores and gravelly flats.
- Blue-green iridescence underwater.
- Almost black when dry.
- Rough texture, bushy appearance.
Additional informationMay be confused with other species of Cystoseira but can be distinguished by the characteristic blue-green iridescence when the plant is underwater.
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Last Updated: 29/05/2008