Name: Oarweed

Scientific name: Laminaria digitata

Category: Marine plants

Nature Stars: 40

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About: A common 'kelp' seaweed, grows in dense beds, attached to rocky shores up to 20 metres deep.

How to identify: A typical 'kelp' seaweed, dark browny green, with long fronds up to 2 metres long, split into long fingers.

Where: Common on rocky shores all around our coasts.

Fantastic fact: Kelp beds are important nursery habitats for many species of fish.

Photograph credit: Andrew/polandeze

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