- the sporogenous tissue forming the central part of the sporophore in certain fungi, as in puffballs and stinkhorns.
Origin of gleba
1840–50; < New Latin, Latin glēba clod; see glebe
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Examples from the Web for gleba
The spore-mass or gleba, in its young state, is surrounded by four layers.
When old the gleba consists of a dusty mass of threads and spores.
The pileus is conical in shape, and after the disappearance of the gleba the surface of the pileus is merely granular.
The peridium is very large, breaking away in fragments when ripe and exposing the gleba.
The microscope shows that the gleba is composed of a great number of spores mixed with simple or branched threads.
- The fleshy, spore-bearing inner mass of the basidiomycete fungus known as the puffball.
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