Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Marine Botany

P O S T E L S I A

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DISTRIBUTION

Postelsia palmaeformis is distributed throughout the Pacific Coast from Vancouver Island, Canada to the southern coast of California near Morrow Bay. Kelps are generally colder-water algae, which may in part determine the southern limit to this distribution. Due to the precarious nature of Postelsia's high wave-energy habitat preferences and the time frame of this project (sporophytes were only beginning to germinate and small in size), it was difficult for me to locate this alga. The two locations within reasonable proximity to the Monterey Bay at which I was able to find Postelsia growing in late winter/early spring 1999 were Pigeon Point and Soberanes Point in Garrapata State Park. The following is a map showing these two locations, as well as other locales where Postelsia has been known to reside in the past.


map of sea palm distribution on west coast of US

copyright 1999 sarah oehm
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Last updated: Feb. 05, 2009