Author Ronnie Reed
Look for thongweed on wave swept beaches along the English Channel. During its first year, this seaweed looks like a mushroom on a short stalk growing among the red seaweeds which are normally found on the lower shore. From this button shaped disc grows a long, thin, olive green branching frond which carries the reproductive bodies known as straps. As the straps ripen, they become yellowish with brown spots and once they are shed the plant dies.
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