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Sugar Kelp

 This plant has a long corrugated leaf that can grow to more than 3 metres. it grows especially well in sheltered areas, and can take on an entirely different shape, becoming wide and broad instead of long and narrow. As the name suggests, the stalk is slightly sweet to the taste when chewed. This is the seaweed some people hang up to predict the weather - its condition reflects the amount of moisture in the air (though it must be said its a pretty unreliable weather forecast!)

sugar kelp plants.jpgSugar Kelp    (Photo: Sue Scott)

Sugar kelp plants covering a sheltered seabed

sugarkelp 2.jpgSugar Kelp    (Photo: Paul Tyler)

Sugar kelp grows best in sheltered waters

by Paul Tyler