basidioma

[ bə-sĭd′ē-ōmə ]

Plural basidiomata (bə-sĭd′ē-ōmə-tə)

A club-shaped, fleshy, spore-producing structure characteristic of many species of basidiomycete fungi. The basidioma grows out of the mass of hyphae known as a mycelium and bears the spore-dispersing structures called basidia. Mushrooms, toadstools, stinkhorns, and puffballs are basidiomata.

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