Kelp

El alga gigante (Macrocystis pyrifera) crece en un espeso bosque sumergido cerca de las Islas del Canal, en California. Esta zona forma parte de un Parque Nacional y está repleta de miles de especies marinas.

Laminaria flexicaulis, Fucus vesiculosus o Ascophyllum nodosum

Sinónimos:
Kombu
Kelp (Wikipedia)

Kelp
Temporal range: Lutetian to present
Kelp In Freycinet Tasmania.jpg
Scientific classification e
Clade:SAR
Phylum:Ochrophyta
Class:Phaeophyceae
Order:Laminariales
Migula, 1909
Families

Agaraceae
Akkesiphycaceae
Alariaceae
Aureophycaceae
Chordaceae
Laminariaceae
Lessoniaceae
Pseudochordaceae

Kelps are large brown algae seaweeds that make up the order Laminariales. There are about 30 different genera. Despite its appearance, kelp is not a plant since it is not made of more than one clearly differentiated tissue; it is a heterokont.[citation needed]

Kelp grows in "underwater forests" (kelp forests) in shallow oceans, and is thought to have appeared in the Miocene, 5 to 23 million years ago. The organisms require nutrient-rich water with temperatures between 6 and 14 °C (43 and 57 °F). They are known for their high growth rate—the genera Macrocystis and Nereocystis can grow as fast as half a metre a day, ultimately reaching 30 to 80 metres (100 to 260 ft).

Through the 19th century, the word "kelp" was closely associated with seaweeds that could be burned to obtain soda ash (primarily sodium carbonate). The seaweeds used included species from both the orders Laminariales and Fucales. The word "kelp" was also used directly to refer to these processed ashes.

Kelp (Wiktionary)

English

Etymology

14th c., from Middle English culp, culpe, kilp, but of unknown ultimate origin.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation, General American) enPR: kĕlp, IPA(key): /kɛlp/
  • Rhymes: -ɛlp

Noun

kelp (countable and uncountable, plural kelps)

  1. Any of several large brown seaweeds (order Laminariales).
  2. The calcined ashes of seaweed, formerly used in glass and iodine manufacture.

Hyponyms

  • kombu

Meronyms

  • stipe

Derived terms

  • kelp crab
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