Factsheets for Red Seaweeds (phylum Rhodophyta)

Genus: Pterocladia Trade name: pterocladia Symbol: PT
AuthorityJ. Agardh Type species: n/a 
Commercial species:  capillacea (CAI), lucida (LUC)
Common names: Driftweed, Obakusa
Classification: Eukaryota, Phylum Rhodophyta, Class Rhodophyceae, Subclass Gelidiaceae, Order , Family .  
AlgaeBase names and species:  n/a names - n/a current as of 12-2001.
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SuriaLink SeaPlant Utility Rating
SIgnificant wild crop used for food, agricultural applications & galactans
Harvesting must use good  environmental practices.
In preparation.
In preparation.

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Pterocladia production
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Tons per annum
wild harvest
Tons per annum
New Zealand 50 0
North Korea n/a 0
Portugal 300 0
South Korea n/a 0


350 0
Approximate annual production figures from recent years are as above.
Biology & Agronomy
In preparation.
In preparation.
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
List of species' uses and community affiliations
Genus GenID SpID Species Uses Communities
Pterocladia PT CAI capillacea FH, FI BP, SV
Pterocladia PT LUC lucida FH, FI BP, SV

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Pterocladia is most strongly associated with the Biopolymer and  Seavegetables communities.
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