a fungus hypha specialized to bear spores.
Origin of sporophore
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The term “receptacle” sometimes applied to these spore-bearing hyphae is better replaced by sporophore.
Stump of Norway Spruce, with a sporophore of polyporus annosus several years old; the inner portions of the stump wholly decayed.Wood and Forest
an organ in fungi that produces or carries spores, esp the massive spore-bearing body of mushrooms, etc
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