Spiny leaf

Spiny Leaf (Turbinaria)

Brown Ribbon Weed


Pick tips that look crisp and juicy leaving the base to re-grow.


Wrap plant in leaves or refrigerate. Can be dried or frozen for longer storage.


  • Wash well before use.
  • Fresh chopped tips can be added to salads.
  • Can be pickled or added to soups, stews, omelets, or stir fry.
  • Pound dry plants into a powder to use as a seasoning in other dishes.
  • (Novaczek, 2001)

Photo Source

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Spiny Leaf

Spiny leaf grows on shallow and intertidal rock flats and prefers wave areas or sheltered back reefs. The plant is found erect with irregular branches and prickly blades and is dark brown with yellowish tips (Novaczek, 2001).

Traditional Names
  • Palauan – char
  • Samoan – limu lautalatala