Sea weedScience has described hundreds of algae in the seas around the Iberian Peninsula and Canary Islands.There are some more recognisable species that hold great promise for therapeutic applications… Discover them here.
Red Algae “LITTLE RED CORAL” A bushy type seaweed that varies in colour from red to pink. It is a sub-tidal species (below the water), where it can form large populations.GALAXAURA RUGOSA It can grow up to 12 cm in length and lives throughout the Canary Islands (Atlantic Ocean). It can be found also in the Pacific and Indian Oceans
Red Algae “HARPOONLESS FEATHERS”Bushy alga, about 7 to 15 cm long.It shows soft pink tones that can give itthe appearance of a brown alga underthe water.Its range encompasses the AtlanticOcean and the Mediterranean Sea .It is used as a diet supplement (providingiodine) and as an ingredient in ASPARAGOPSIS TAXIFORMISdermatological and cosmetic products(thanks to the abundant selenium itcontains).
Brown Algae “BROWN FAN” Fan shaped seaweed, very similar to terrestrial toadstools. This is a small plant (between 3 and 8 cm ) and the colours vary from dark brown to light orange, always softening towards the edges.LOBOPHORA VARIEGATA It lives on sub-tidal walls and pools where it seeks the protection of other algae, forming a well defined band. It is found on all the islands and its range is extensive in both temperate and tropical seas.
Brown Algae “PEACOCK TAIL”Like the Lobophora, it has a circular,fan shaped shoot.Its accumulations of calciumcarbonate give it a typical whitecolouring.You can find it on stones in sub-tidalpools, as it does not like the light. PADINA PAVONICAIt is found on all Canary Islands,although its range is limited to theAtlantic Ocean and theMediterranean Sea.
Brown Algae YELLOW “MUJO” The queen of the brown seaweeds of the Atlantic Ocean, as it is the best known and the most abundant. This is a bushy, highly branched alga that can grow to 50 cm. WithCYSTOSEIRA ABIES-MARINA brown yellow tones, it grows well on rocks and can form real meadows of seaweed from the edge of the sub-tidal zone down to a depth of 10 metres. It can be found throughout the Atlantic Ocean.
Brown Algae “SARGAZO”This is a bushy olive green brownalga that can grow to between 20and 60 cm .Its main feature is the presence ofsmall balloons of air that allow itto remain upright and even float ifa piece falls off. It can be foundthroughout the tropical zones of SARGASSUM DESFONTAINESIIthe Atlantic in the inter-tidal andeven the sub-tidal pools, where itcan form genuine meadows.
Green Algae “HARE’S EAR” This is a bright green alga, with leaves that can grow to 20 cm high and 3 cm wide. It is found on soft, sandy or muddy substrates down to 20 metres below theCAULERPA PROLIFERA sub-tidal zone, forming meadows on its own, or associated with a sea grass like Cymodocea. It can be found in all the Canary Islands and its range is limited to the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.
Green Algae CLADOFORAThis is a green alga with anirregularly branched body andgreen tones.It forms cushions that can reach aheight of four centimetres.It can be found on rocks in inter- CLADOPHORA COELOTRHIXtidal and sub-tidal pools on all theCanary Islands and it is foundextensively in warm waters.