Dumontia contorta

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Dumontia contorta

Soft, pale yellowish to purple fronds, solitary or tufted from discoid base, tubular, cylindrical or compressed, irregularly branched, to 500 mm lo, filled with a watery mucilage. Axis and branches tapered at both ends, irregularly swollen, often twisted, to 5 mm or more broad. Basal disc to 20 mm diam., persistent, erect fronds initiated internally.

Location/common name:- Dumonts Tubular Weed purple pencils

On rock and pebbles, shallow open pools, upper intertidal to shallow subtidal, common, widely distributed. lower mid-littoral