green to dark brown - to 100 feet long. Hollow stipe sometimes 75' long,
terminating in a hollow bulb, to which are attached many long blades.
Low inter-tidal to sub-tidal zones to 30 feet in
areas with rocky bottoms.
Blades are good cooked. Coastal people put the stipes
and bulbs to many practical uses. They were used as containers, fishing
gear, steamers and hoses. Dena'ina use it for rope and to make kelp
pickles. A horn can also be made from the stipe.
Special Harvest or Processing Comments:
Gather in spring and summer. May be reached only at
low tide by wading or in a boat. Unless you need the stipe and bulb, crop
the leaves partially, leaving some
for further growth.