Factsheets for Brown Seaweeds (phylum Phaeophyta)

Genus: Postelsia Trade names: postelsia Symbol: PS
AuthorityRuprecht Type species: Postelsia palmaeformis Ruprecht
Commercial species:  spp.
Common names: Meerespalme, Sea Palm
Classification: Eukaryota, Phylum Heterokontophyta, Order Laminariales, Family Lessoniaceae.
AlgaeBase names and species:  1 names - 1 current as of 12-2001.
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SuriaLink SeaPlant Utility Rating
Minor sea vegetable source - source of fucoidan - not farmed.
Harvesting must use good  conservation practices to avoid habitat damage.
Description
Greenish brown plants with thick stipes, strong holdfasts and a cluster of fronds that emanate from the top of the stipe and give these plants the appearance of small palm trees about 50 cm. high.
Habitat
Grows in the intertidal zone of exposed rocky shores on the west coast of North America.

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Postelsia production
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Tons per annum
wild harvest
Tons per annum
cultivated
USA n/a 0
Total 

n/a

n/a 0
Production
Production figures are being sought.
Biology & Agronomy
In preparation.
Chemistry
Contains alginates and fucoidan.
Processing
We have several monographs in progress covering analytical procedures post-harvest treatment and process technology. Check the processing index for available web pages and monographs. 
Products, Uses & Applications
Has a sweet, salty taste that goes especially well as a vegetable, rice or salad topping.
List of species' uses and community affiliations
Genus GenID SpID Species Uses Communities
Postelsia PS SPP spp. FH SV

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Postelsia is most strongly associated with the Seavegetables community.
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