- the case or sac in which spores are produced.
Origin of sporangium
1815–25; < New Latin, equivalent to spor- spor- + Greek angeîon vessel
Also called spore case.
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Examples from the Web for sporangium
In fact, the structure of the sporangium is unique among the Myxomycetes.
The wall of the sporangium is exactly like that of certain species of Diderma.
A distinctive feature is the incomplete annulus of the sporangium.
The manner in which the spores originate in the sporangium calls for comment.
Associated with the spores in the sporangium occurs the capillitium.The North American Slime-Moulds
Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
- any organ, esp in fungi, in which asexual spores are produced
C19: from New Latin, from sporo- + Greek angeion receptacle
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Word Origin and History for sporangium
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- A cell within a fungus in which asexual spores are produced by progressive cleavage.
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- A cell or structure in which spores are produced. Ferns, fungi, mosses, and algae release spores from sporangia. Also called spore case
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