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Purple laver

Observed: 19th August 2012 By: Nick UptonNick Upton’s reputation in PlantsNick Upton’s reputation in PlantsNick Upton’s reputation in PlantsNick Upton’s reputation in Plants
Purple laver (Porphyra umbilicalis), a seaweed collected for food in parts of the UK, growing on sandstone high on a rocky shore, Wembury, Devon, UK, August.
Purple laver (Porphyra umbilicalis), a seaweed collected for food in parts of the UK, growing on sandstone high on a rocky shore, Wembury, Devon, UK, August.
Description:

I think this thin shiny seaweed growing very high on the shore in Devon must be Purple laver, the edible species collected for food (Laver bread etc) in Wales and Scotland.

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dejayM's picture

waiting..

Funny how some things sit and sit waiting for interested naturalists - that's all we have to be, us iSpotters.
It grows well here in such clean seas but is not common. I don't like the texture of lavabread, so dry it into crumbles for adding to scrambled egg.
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lavabread

I've only had it once at quite a posh restaurant on the Gower in Wales and it was rather good there. Should have been for the price! It's quite common in the SW.

Nick Upton, naturalist and photographer.

dejayM's picture

a spade is a spade but...

Nick, I spent AGES with this http://www.ispotnature.org/node/838916 yesterday and this morning and modified my post accordingly. I think you might consider the same. The Seasearch Book by the leading authority is clear that there are at least 5 species possibly requiring microscopic examination for separation.
We might be almost certain that this is umbelicalis but we cannot be absolutely certain

http://www.mcsuk.org/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=60 out of print but under revision