Large Wire Weed

Large Wire Weed (Callophycus)

Large Wire Weed


Pick from shallow, surf-washed rock or washed up on shore.


Sun-dry once removed from saltwater. Then bleach it by wetting and drying it several times until the color is removed. Keep refrigerated, frozen or sun-dried.


  • •Wash plant well before use.
  • •Can be cooked or dried and bleached.
  • •Boil in water to rehydrate after drying.
  • •Can be eaten fresh mixed in salad.
  • •Can be boiled into jelly or baked with meat in an oven.
  • (Novaczek, 2001)

Photo Source

J.M. Huisman (via

Large Wire Weed

Large wire weed has stiff and rubbery branches that aredark red in color (Novaczek, 2001).

Traditional Names
  • Palauan – char
  • Samoan – lima uaea