Silva, Paul C. Department of Botany, University of California, Berkeley, California.
Moe, Richard L. Department of Botany, University of California, Berkeley, California.
Last reviewed:January 2020
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An order of large brown algae (class Phaeophyceae) commonly called kelps. Definitive features of members of the Laminariales include a life history in which microscopic, filamentous, dioecious gametophytes alternate with a massive, parenchymatous sporophyte; growth of the sporophyte is effected by meristems; and production of unilocular zoosporangia occurs in extensive sori on blades of the sporophyte. See also: Algae; Phaeophyceae
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