Image Steve Trewhella - Pepper dulse, Osmundea pinnatifida. Image width ca XX cm.
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Osmundea pinnatifida is not listed under any importance categories.
|Recent synonyms||Laurencia pinnatifida|
|Recorded Distribution in Britain and Ireland||Common on exposed to moderately sheltered rocky shores on all coasts of the Britain and Ireland.|
|Habitat information||Common to middle and lower rocky shores, often covering large areas with a greenish-yellow turf like growth in pools and on rocks but never subtidal.|
|Description||A small red alga (up to 8 cm in length), it is tough and cartilaginous with flattened fronds. Branching is alternate and occurs in one plane only, with branches becoming shorter towards their apex and broadly rounded. The plant is highly variable in size and colouration depending upon its location on the shore. Higher shore plants are generally dwarfed and yellow-green in colour, owing to exposure to high levels of sunshine while on the lower shore they are reddish-brown.|
|Additional information||This aromatic seaweed is dried and used as a spice in Scotland.|
This review can be cited as follows:
Paolo Pizzolla 2003. Osmundea pinnatifida. Pepper dulse. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 24/04/2014]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesinformation.php?speciesID=3995>