Shape: Irregular Blades
Zone: Intertidal to Subtidal
Range: Alaska to Mexico
Description: The name “palmaria” comes from the hand-shaped arrangement of the blades. Irregular blades are attached to a small disc-shaped holdfast.
Edibility: Versatile. Leathery when dried. High in iron and other vitamins and minerals. Eaten in Scandinavia and the British Isles by people and sheep.
Phylum: Rhodophyta (Red Algae)
Previous names: Palmaria palmata forma Mollis, Rhodymenia palmata
Similar species: Palmaria pinannatifida, Rhodymenia pertusa, Palmaria callophylloides, Palmeria hecatensis