|Rockweed, aka bladderwrack, Fucus distichus?|
The rockweed I am used to has short, stubby fingers. I searched through my old photos, to see if I had any of these long ones.
|"Normal" rockweed. July, 2009. Probably on the White Rock beach.|
|June, 2008. Boundary Bay. The little bladders are round and fat. Sometimes they're heart shaped.|
|July, 2011, from the White Rock beach. Fat bladder faces with two ears.|
|August, 2015. Probably at Boundary Bay. These ones are longer.|
|Oyster Bay, July, 2009. Unusual shapes.|
According to the websites I visited, these are all probably the same species, or a variant, Fucus distichus subsp. evanescens. Aka. F. gardneri. The name, "staghorn" seems to be an attempt at distinguishing shapes, not an official name.
This is another plant I have been taking for granted, because it is so familiar. I'll have to pay more attention.