Purple laver (Porphyra umbilicalis)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandAbundant on rocky shores throughout Britain and Ireland.
HabitatPurple laver is highly adaptable to conditions on different parts of the rocky shore and able to withstand prolonged periods of exposure to the air as well as tolerating a greater degree of wave action than most other red algae. It occurs singly or in dense colonies throughout the intertidal but most frequently at upper levels.
- A small red seaweed, up to 20 cm across
- Tough irregularly shaped broad frond.
- Small disc-like holdfast.
- Greenish when young becoming purplish-red.
- Has a polythene-like texture
Additional informationAlso known as sloke, the plant is boiled and eaten as a jelly in South Wales. Used to make laver bread a famous dish in south Wales and reportedly eaten cold with vinegar in Cornwall.
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Last Updated: 29/05/2008