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Turbinweed
Turbinaria turbinata
(Linnaeus) Kuntze, 1898

Description:
Erect central column with branches bearing clumps of triangular, cone-shaped blades with saucer-like tips. Axial stem up to 30 cm. A blister-like swelling at the center of the leaf tips is the result of an embedded air bladder that holds the leaves and plant erect. Brownish cream to tan to brown, often with dark brown speckles.

Habitat:
Grow in shallow intertidal zones to shallow lagoons and back reef areas with moderate to strong water movement.

Distribution:
Florida, Bahamas and Caribbean.

Turbinweed (Turbinaria turbinata)