Monographs Details: Liagora valida Harv.
Authority: Britton, Nathaniel L. & Millspaugh, Charles F. 1920. The Bahama Flora.
Family:Liagoraceae
Scientific Name:Liagora valida Harv.
Description:Species Description - Extremely variable in size and habit, in the amount of calcification, in presence or absence of annulations, in the compactness of the cortex, in the subparallel or subumbellate disposition of the distal branches of the assimilatory filaments, and in the form and size of the peripheral cells, yet specific segregations seem to the writer to be impracticable. Plants growing on surf-beaten rocks between the tide-lines form rigid brittle closely adherent cushions suggesting fruticulose Lithothamnieae or species of the lichen genus Cladonia; those growing below the low-water line or in less agitated water are longer, laxer, less heavily calcified, and more flexible. In intermediate positions, forms of intermediate habit occur. Certain conditions of the species appear to be close to Liagora fragilis (Forsk. ?) Zanard. and L. rugosa Zanard., from the Bed Sea, with which they may need further comparisons.

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On rocks from near the high-water mark, in exposed positions, down to a depth of at least one meter (low-tide). New Providence, Great Bahama, Berry Islands, North Cat Cay, South Cat Cay, Gun Cay, Andros, Orange Cay, Exuma Chain, Eleuthera, Watling's Island, Mariguana, and Caicos Islands : Bermuda ; Florida : Cuba ; Jamaica ; Porto Rico ; St. Croix ; and Barbados. Type from Sand Key, near Key West, Florida.

Distribution:New Providence Bahamas South America| Grand Bahama Bahamas South America| Andros Island Bahamas South America| Exuma Bahamas South America| Eleuthera Bahamas South America| Turks and Caicos Islands South America| Bermuda South America| Florida United States of America North America| Cuba South America| Jamaica South America| Puerto Rico South America| Saint Croix Virgin Islands of the United States South America| Barbados South America|