Species of the Month August 2008
Common name: Wakame
Latin name: Undaria pinnatifida
A type of brown seaweed
- Can be 1-3 metres long
- Very 'frilly' with lots of 'ribbons' attached to central mid-rib near base of stipe
- Has a long stipe
Where to look:
At very low tide on marine pontoons and jetty piles, or rocks. Usually in water 1 to 3 metres deep.
Originating on the west coast of Japan, probably introduced with oysters, or carried on the bottom of ships.
Effects on the environment:
It may compete with native seaweeds as sea temperatures rise.