Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Marine Botany


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If you would like to read more on the wonders of Postelsia, the following list should provide you with a good start:

Blanchette, C. (1996) Seasonal patterns of disturbance influence recruitment of the sea palm, Postelsia palmaeformis. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 197: 1-14

Coyer, J. (1997) Genetic variability and spatial separation in
the sea palm Postelsia palmaeformisJ. Phyco. 33: 561-568

Dayton, P. (1973) Dispersion, dispersal, and persistance of the annual intertida alga, Postelsia palmaeformis Ruprecht. Ecology 54: 433-438

Holbrook, M., Denny, M., Koehl, M. (1991) Intertidal "trees": consequences of
aggregation on the mechanical and photosynthtic properties of sea-palms.
J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 146: 39-67

Kalvass, P. (1994) The effect of different harvest methods on sea palm sporophyll growth. Calif. Fish and Game 80: 57-67

Leigh, E., Paine, R., Quinn, J., Suchanek, T. (1987) Wave energy and intertidal productivity. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 84: 1314-1318

Paine, R. (1979) Disaster, catastrophe, and local persistance of the sea palm.
Science 205: 685-686

Paine, R. (1988) Habitat suitability and local population persistance of the sea palm, Postelsia palmaeformis. Ecology 69:1787-1794

Other sites with curious sea palm info...
The Mendicino Sea Vegetable Company provides a list of recipies incorporating sea palm blades.

many thanks to all my friends who contributed love and insiration to this project
to jessica for sharing my excitement in finding my first palm... to sharon for enjoying the pleasures of botany with me and for her gift of a photograph... to monica for her understanding, great company, and wonderful lunches... to freya for introducing me to soberanes point... to lance for explaining to me the curious world of PCs... to whitney for helping to revise all of these thoughts and sharing her computer when it was desperately needed... to the folks in my botany class for appreciating my love of sea palms and to my housemates on 7th street for entertaining this excitement... to deb for her patience in exploring the intertidal with me... and to connor, phycologist extrordinaire

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