Caulerpa taxifolia (M. Vahl) C. Agardh
Green sea palm
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Family:  Caulerpaceae ()
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Environment:  sessile; marine; depth range 0 - 30 m
Distribution:  Atlantic and Indo-Pacific oceans and the Mediterranean Sea.
Diagnosis:  Characterized by the usually unbranched, narrow, feather-like erect branches. The pinnately arranged pinnules (ramuli) are distinctly flattened and sickle-shaped. Erect branches up to 5 cm in height (Ref. 80758).
Biology:  Used as food and medicine: antifungal, to lower blood pressure (Ref. 80758). Inhabits soft to hard, sandy or rocky substrate in calm to moderately exposed habitats. Abundant in quiet waters or in tide pools. Plants of sheltered shores and in shallow water grow on sand, mud, or rocks; sometimes found in moderately exposed situations and dredged to a depth of 30 m on sand and gravel (Ref. 80758).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Paglinawan, Luvie - 13.04.09
Modified by: Glorioso, Joann - 24.09.09

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