False whip plexaura
Large, dichotomously branched, bushy or in one plane; to 1 m tall.
Long, thin, tapering, ~ 2-3 mm diameter.
Small, smooth, round to slightly oval, ~ 1mm across, in irregularly scattered vertical rows; distance between apertures equal to or greater than aperture diameter; no projecting calices.
Living specimens beige to purple. Dries purplish brown or light yellowish-brown. In alcohol pale gray or white.
Polyp armature: few flat little rods. Axial layer: small multi-radiate dark purple capstans (chiefly <0.15 mm in terminal branches). Outer layers: small leaf-clubs (0.1-0.15 mm), slender, both purple and white, often bent spindles with prominent but not crowded tubercles, to 0.5 mm long, but usually smaller.
Most reefs in 2.5-50 m; most common in 15-20 m.
Bermuda, South Florida, Caribbean Sea.