- Syntype localities: Falkland Islands, abundantly, and Hermite Island, Cape Horn.
- Hooker, J.D. & Harvey, W.H. 1845. Algae antarcticae, being characters and descriptions of the hitherto unpublished species of algae, discovered in Lord Auckland's Group, Campbell's Island, Kerguelen's Land, Falkland Islands, Cape Horn and other southern circumpolar regions, during the voyage of H.M. discovery ships "Erebus" and "Terror". The London Journal of Botany 4: 249–276, 293-298. BHL Reference page. : 249
- Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2019. Desmarestia rossii. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. Accessed 2019-02-28.