Distribution in scandinavian waters
|Maximum length: 10-25 cm.|
Appearance: Sea beech has a red colour and is thin and leafy. The lobes are stalked, between 5-15 cm long, 1-3 cm wide and have a thick middle rib and distinctive collateral ribs. New lobes grow out of the older lobes middle rib. During the late summer, all the lobes, except for the middle rib, are lost. Thereafter, during the autumn, small 3-5 mm long and 2-3 mm wide lobes sprout, and during the winter contain the reproductive organs. During the late winter and spring, new and larger lobes grow out of the older middle ribs.
Depth: 4-20 m.
Environment: Sea beech is commonly found on rocks and on other larger algae. In shaded areas, it can be found at a depth of 1 m.
Misc: It is perennial and sexually mature during the winter.
Classification: Sea beech is a member of the red algae group.