Sea lettuce

Sea lettuce

name = "Sea lettuce"

image_caption = "Ulva lactuca"
regnum = Plantae
phylum = Chlorophyta
classis = Ulvophyceae
ordo = Ulvales
familia = Ulvaceae
genus = "Ulva"
genus_authority = Linnaeus, 1753
subdivision_ranks = Species
subdivision = See text.

The sea lettuces comprise the genus "Ulva", a group of edible green algae widely distributed along the coasts of the world's oceans.

The many species of sea lettuce are a popular food in many of the places where they grow, including Scandinavia, Great Britain, Ireland, China, and Japan (where they are known as "aosa"). They can be eaten raw in salads, or cooked in soups, and are high in protein, soluble dietary fiber, and a variety of vitamins and minerals including especially iron.

The type species is "Ulva lactuca" Linnaeus.

Additionally, some species in the genus "Monostroma" are known as slender sea lettuces.

It is eaten by some sea animals, such as manatees.

pecies in the genus "Ulva"

* "Ulva lactuca"
* "Ulva pertusa"
* "Ulva fasciata"
* "Ulva rigida"
* "Ulva linza" and more at [ algaeBASE]

See also

* Seaweed

External links

* [ Marine botany: Ulva]

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  • Sea lettuce — Lettuce Let tuce (l[e^]t t[i^]s), n. [OE. letuce, prob. through Old French from some Late Latin derivative of L. lactuca lettuce, which, according to Varro, is fr. lac, lactis, milk, on account of the milky white juice which flows from it when it …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sea lettuce — Sea let tuce (Bot.) The green papery fronds of several seaweeds of the genus {Ulva}, sometimes used as food. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sea lettuce — n. any of a genus (Ulva) of marine green algae with edible, leaflike parts …   English World dictionary

  • sea lettuce — any seaweed of the genus Ulva, having large leaflike blades. [1660 70] * * * ▪ algae genus  (Ulva), a genus of green algae usually found growing on rocky shores of seas and oceans. Some species also grow in brackish water rich in organic matter… …   Universalium

  • sea lettuce — sea′ let tuce n. mcr any seaweed of the genus Ulva[/ex] …   From formal English to slang

  • sea lettuce — noun an edible seaweed with green fronds that resemble lettuce leaves. [Ulva lactuca.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • sea lettuce — /ˈsi lɛtəs/ (say see letuhs) noun a form of intertidal algae, Ulva lactuca, said to resemble lettuce leaves, and used as bait …  

  • sea lettuce — noun Date: 1668 any of a genus (Ulva) of marine green algae with broad fronds sometimes eaten as salad or used in soups …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sea lettuce —    Īlioha a, līpaha, līpahapaha, pahapaha, līpālahalaha, pakaiea, pālahalaha. See seaweed …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • sea lettuce — noun seaweed with edible translucent crinkly green fronds • Syn: ↑laver • Hypernyms: ↑green algae, ↑chlorophyte • Member Holonyms: ↑Ulva, ↑genus Ulva …   Useful english dictionary

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