Osmundea pinnatifida

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Osmundea pinnatifida
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Scientific classification e
(unranked): Archaeplastida
Division: Rhodophyta
Class: Florideophyceae
Order: Ceramiales
Family: Rhodomelaceae
Genus: Osmundea
Species: O. pinnatifida
Binomial name
Osmundea pinnatifida
(Hudson) Stackhouse
Synonyms

Laurencia pinnatifida

Osmundea pinnatifida is a species of red alga known by the common name pepper dulse.

It is a small seaweed widely found with the tidal zone of moderately sheltered rocky shores around Britain and Europe. Although technically a red seaweed, it can show a wide range of colouring from yellow-buff to a red so dark as to be almost black.

It is harvested and dried in Scotland and in the Channel Islands for use as a curry-flavoured spice.

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