Family Alariaceae (Setchell 1925)
The sporophytes of the Alariaceae have either branched or unbranched stipes. They consist when mature of a holdfast, stipe, terminal laminae, and lateral outgrowths. The stipe is distinct, at least in the young plant. The terminal laminae may or may not contain a central thickened area, and are either plane or rugose. Blades are laterally oriented, and produced by a meristematic region borne either on the terminal blade or along the stipe. Sporangia are found in sori, and are restricted to sporophylls.References for this page: Abbott, Isabella A., and George J. Hollenberg. Marine Algae of California. Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA. 1976
Smith, Gilbert M. Marine Algae of the Monterey Peninsula. Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA. 1944
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