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BULLWHIP KELP  Nereocystis leutkeana

Description: Plant

Text Box:  Olive 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.

 

Habitat:

Low inter-tidal to sub-tidal zones to 30 feet in areas with rocky bottoms.

 

Uses:

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.

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