BIOTIC Species Information for Laminaria digitata
Researched byJacqueline Hill Data supplied byMarLIN
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Scientific nameLaminaria digitata Common nameOarweed
MCS CodeZR350 Recent SynonymsLaminaria cucullata f. longipes, Laminaria cucullata f. apoda.

PhylumChromophycota Subphylum
Superclass ClassPhaeophyceae
Subclass OrderLaminariales
Suborder FamilyLaminariaceae
GenusLaminaria Speciesdigitata

Additional InformationCommon names in England also include Tangle, Red ware and Sea girdle. In Ireland common names include Leath and Learach. The length of the frond varies with season, age of plant and location, reaching over 1 m in suitable conditions. The number of frond digits vary with amount of exposure. In shelter these are few and short, but with increasing exposure, they are more numerous (up to 10 or 12) and extend almost to the base of the frond. Reported to store sodium glutamate and thus tasty when dried.
Taxonomy References Howson & Picton, 1997, Dickinson, 1963, Hayward et al., 1996, Guiry, 2000, Guiry, 2006,
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