- a male reproductive structure producing gametes, occurring in ferns, mosses, fungi, and algae.
Origin of antheridium
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Antheridia most often on a short branch, globose-oblong or cylindric.
Antheridia immersed in the thallus, covered with dentate scales.
Antheridia large, in the axils of leaves on terminal branches.
Paraphyses, jointed filaments mixed with the antheridia of Mosses.The Elements of Botany
The antheridia are protected by leaves which are often modified in shape.
- the male sex organ of algae, fungi, bryophytes, and spore-bearing vascular plants, such as ferns, which produces antherozoids
C19: from New Latin, diminutive of anthēra anther
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- An organ in certain organisms that produces male gametes. Antheridia are found in many groups of organisms, including the bryophytes, ferns, ascomycete fungi, and some algae. Most gymnosperms and all angiosperms, however, have lost the antheridium, and its role is filled by the pollen grain. Compare archegonium.
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