Caulerpa racemosa (Forsskål) J. Agardh, 1873
|Common Names:||Sea Grapes|
This is the most variable Caulerpa species, but is typically characterized by possessing short erect branches bearing crowded determinate ramuli with short stalks and oval or spherical tips. The arrangement and shape of the ramuli differ in the various varieties.
Widely distributed in tropical waters; common in Southeast Asia and recorded in Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea.
Caulerpa racemosa that grows on sandy substrate in calm and turbid waters tend to have long erect branches while those growing on rocky wave-exposed waters have strong short erect branches.
The fronds are consumed fresh as a salad or eaten mixed with spices. In the Philippines it is used as a fish feed and in traditional medicine to lower blood pressure and to treat rheumatism.
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Teo, L. W. & Y. C. Wee, 1983. Seaweeds of Singapore. Singapore University Press. 123 pp.