12 responses to “Nereocystis luetkeana”

  1. Zoo Gardener

    Beautiful photos! What an interesting plant (specially here in the heart of the Midwest).

  2. Deodasher

    Excellent article. I always wondered what the bull kelp could be used for.

  3. Ginny

    Fascinating! Many thanks, Tamara and Daniel. Your “kelp” looks (to this non-botanist) similar to our (Maine coast) common kelp, which I believe is Saccharina latissima (formerly, and to me, known as Laminaria longicruris). The “float” on ours, though, is much narrower and less dramatic than on N. luetkeana. Thanks also for the link to Hildering’s photos – I love seeing what aquatic plants (and animals) actually look like under water, so different from the versions washed up on the beach or rocks.

  4. michael aman

    Tamara, I loved your fleshed out submissions from two years ago. I love your curiosity. Will you be a frequent contributor now? I hope so.

  5. beverley bowhay

    excellent article thank you! *****

  6. Bob Wilson

    I had a botany professor at Oregon State that used to slice up the stipe and make sweet pickles out of them. I believe that he soaked them first to get rid of the salt.

  7. Bob Podgorski

    WOW, the underwater shots are unread!!! Great article.
    Bob, Fort Myers, FL

  8. Katie

    Interesting observations – however, here are a couple of things to think about:

    1) Kelp isn’t a “plant” because it lacks true roots, stems, and leaves (even if there are structures that look analogous to those, they function very differently)

    2) Bull kelp is DEFINITELY an annual species because it completes its lifecycle and reproduces in less than one year. Some populations might hang around longer if they aren’t ripped out, but they are not perennials by any means.

  9. Betty Bahn

    Several of us local coasties also pickle them. They are good.

  10. Mark Darrach

    carbon monoxide? seems bizarre – what is the physiology that creates this odd scenario?

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