- plural of basidium.
- a special form of sporophore, characteristic of basidiomycetous fungi, on which the sexual spores are borne, usually at the tips of slender projections.
Origin of basidium
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Basidia transversely septate; teleutospores present; parasites.
Basidia transversely septate; no teleutospores; saprophytes.
The basidia are called mother-cells because they produce the spores.Among the Mushrooms
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Parasites without fruit-body; basidia exposed on surface of host.
In the young stage the basidia in the Hypogi are easily distinguished by the aid of the microscope.
- the structure, produced by basidiomycetous fungi after sexual reproduction, in which spores are formed at the tips of projecting slender stalks
C19: from New Latin, from Greek basidion; see basis, -ium
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- A small club-shaped structure that typically bears four spores at the tips of minute projections, is unique to Basidiomycetes, and is used as a distinguishing characteristic.
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- A small, specialized, club-shaped structure typically bearing four basidiospores at the tips of minute projections in the fungi known as basidiomycetes. The basidium is unique to basidiomycetes and distinguishes them from other kinds of fungi.
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