Fucus vesiculosus, known by the common names bladder wrack, black tang, rockweed, bladder fucus, sea oak, cut weed, dyers fucus, red fucus, and rock wrack is a seaweed found on the coasts of the North Sea, the western Baltic Sea, and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It was the original source of iodine, discovered in 1811, and was used extensively to treat goitre, a swelling of the thyroid gland related to iodine deficiency
The fronds of Fucus vesiculosus grow to 35in (90cm) long by 1in (2.5cm) wide and have a prominent midrib throughout. It is attached by a basal disc-shaped holdfast. It has round shaped air bladders which are usually paired, one on either side of the mid-rib. These bladders may be absent in young plants. The margin is smooth and the frond is dichotomously branched.
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