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Laminaria hyperborea - Köhler–s Medizinal-Pflanzen-214.jpg
Laminaria hyperborea
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Chromista
Phylum: Ochrophyta
Class: Phaeophyceae
Order: Laminariales
Family: Laminariaceae

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Laminariaceae is a family of brown algal seaweeds, many genera of which are popularly called "kelp". The table indicates the genera within this family.[1] The family includes the largest known seaweeds: Nereocystis and Macrocystis.[2][3]

Laminariaceae genera[1][4]
Genus Authority Species
Arthrothamnus Ruprecht 2
Cymathere J. Agardh 2
Laminaria J.V. Lamouroux 29
Macrocystis C. Agardh 4
Nereocystis Postels & Ruprecht 1
Pelagophycus Areschoug 1
Postelsia Ruprecht 1
Pseudolessonia G.Y. Cho, N.G. Klochkova, T.N. Krupnova & Boo 1
Saccharina Stackhouse 24
Streptophyllopsis Kajimura 1


  1. ^ a b Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. (2006). AlgaeBase version 4.2. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. Laminariaceae genera retrieved December 19, 2009.
  2. ^ van den Hoek, C., Mann, D.G. and Jahns, H.M. 1995. Algae An Introduction to Phycology. University of Cambridge. ISBN 0-521-30419-9
  3. ^ Reference Archived 2007-11-19 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Lane, C.E.; C. Mayes; L.D. Druehl; G.W. Saunders (2006). "A multi-gene molecular investigation of the kelp (Laminariales, Phaeophyceae) supports substantial taxonomic re-organization". Journal of Phycology. 42 (2): 493–512. doi:10.1111/j.1529-8817.2006.00204.x.

Further reading[edit]

Gerasimenko, N.I.; Martyyas, E.A; Busarova, N.G (November 2012). "Composition of lipids and biological activity of lipids and photosynthetic pigments from algae of the families Laminariaceae and Alariaceae". Chemistry of Natural Compounds. 48 (5): 737–741. doi:10.1007/s10600-012-0371-5.

McDevit, Daniel; Saunders, Gary (May 2010). "A DNA barcode examination of the Laminariaceae (Phaeophyceae) in Canada reveals novel biogeographical and evolutionary insight". Phycologia. 49 (3): 235–248. doi:10.2216/ph09-36.1.

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