Kelp Beds of the Western Cape
Kelp Beds of the Western Cape are dominated by Ecklonia maxima. From the holdfast attached to a rock or the large holdfast of another kelp, a single long stipe rises to the surface waters, where a single large pneumatocyst holds a tangle of blades at the surface.

The species is of economic importance: it is harvested for both an agricultural supplement and as food for abalone raised on farms.
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