- one of the erect, sterile filaments often growing among the reproductive organs in many fungi, mosses, and ferns.
Origin of paraphysis
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Paraphyses, jointed filaments mixed with the antheridia of Mosses.The Elements of Botany
Among the spores are numerous barren filaments or paraphyses.An Elementary Text-book of the Microscope
John William Griffith
In some species, however, the paraphyses are rare, and the mucilaginous substance is entirely wanting.
Paraphyses may be present as aborted basidia, but cystidia are rarely distinguished.
Paraphyses (sterile cells) and sometimes cystidia (longer sterile cells) or spines are intermingled with the basidia.Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc.
George Francis Atkinson
- any of numerous sterile cells occurring between the sex organs of mosses and algae and between the spore-producing bodies of basidiomycetous and ascomycetous fungi
C19: New Latin from Greek: subsidiary growth, from para- 1 + phusis growth
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- One of the erect sterile filaments often occurring among the reproductive organs of certain fungi, algae, and mosses.
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