36-ft.-long Bull Kelp seaweed
This Bull Kelp is seaweed (an alga, in the Kingdom Protista), not a flower (or even a plant for that matter), but it was so interesting I decided to include it on the site. It took three of us, my cousin Glenna, my husband Ken, and me, to hold up this huge kelp frond. Glenna is holding the "holdfast," the root-like end that attaches to rocks and I am holding the large, hollow, air-filled bladder that floats on the surface of the ocean. This was taken at the beach at Julia Pfeiffer State Park south of Monterey, California.
(Photo by Duane Meneely)