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Giant Kelp - Macrocystis Pyrifera

The giant kelp is the fastest growing plant on Earth, but it starts it’s life from something which is more like an animal. The entire kelp fertilization process can take a year, but at one point, it takes the form of self propelled microscopic seed, with a swimming tail called a flagellum. The olive shape at the base of the leaf, is a gas filled part of the stalk. This floats the plant and pulls the leaf toward the sun. This remarkable plant creates one of the most prolific habitats on Earth. It’s physical properties make it great for many things - ice cream, toothpaste, cosmetics, or eaten just as it is. If harvested responsibly, kelp can be considered a renewable resource.

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