[ap-uh-thee-shee-uh m, -see-]
- the fruit of certain lichens and fungi: usually an open, saucer-shaped or cup-shaped body, the inner surface of which is covered with a layer that bears asci.
Origin of apothecium
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Cyclocarpineae, Apothecium usually circular, no capillitium.
Piece of thallus of Parmelia conspersa, with section through an apothecium.
Nylander called the apothecium pale within, but forms with red-brown hypothecia are admitted by later writers.Ohio Biological Survey, Bull. 10, Vol. 11, No. 6
Bruce Fink and Leafy J. Corrington
In the Helvellaceae there is no apothecium but a large irregular fruit body which at maturity bears the asci on its surface.
The cup, or shield-shaped spot, or knob, which bears the fructification is named the Apothecium.
- botany a cup-shaped structure that contains the asci, esp in lichens; a type of ascocarp
C19: from New Latin, from apo- + Greek thēkion a little case
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- A disk-shaped or cup-shaped ascocarp of some lichens and the fungi Ascomycetes.
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