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Anyone good with coastal marine plants? I found this thing growing in the tidepools at Boiler Bay (just north of Depoe Bay), and I don't even know where to start IDing it. The long stem looks like kelp, but what's with the very round leaf? I know I should have tried to get a photo of the roots/holdfast, but I didn't. Mea culpa.
Is the blade really round? There are a limited number of brown algae that inhabit Oregon tide pools, so I'd go with kombu (Laminaria setchellii). The single stiff stipe is distinctive; a kombu blade is deeply cleft but may seem to float as an entire unit. Other brown tide pool algae with single wide blades are sessile (as far as I can figure out).