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A photosynthetic branch or portion of a stem that functions as or resembles a leaf, as the pad of a prickly-pear cactus. Also called cladophyll.

[New Latin cladōdium, from Late Greek kladōdēs, many-branched, from Greek klados, branch.]


(Botany) botany a flattened stem resembling and functioning as a leaf, as in butcher's-broom. Also called: cladophyll or phylloclade
[C19: from New Latin cladōdium, from Late Greek kladōdēs having many shoots]


(ˈklæd ə fɪl, ˈkleɪ də-)

a leaflike flattened branch that resembles and functions as a leaf. Also called cladode.
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Noun1.cladode - a flattened stem resembling and functioning as a leafcladode - a flattened stem resembling and functioning as a leaf
stalk, stem - a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ
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Larvae feed gregariously inside the cladodes of many species of Opuntia, often causing death of the plants (Starmer et al.
dillenii cladodes of uniform shape and maturity were collected from Donghai Island, Zhanjiang City, Guangdong Province, China.
This species dominates the nopal ecosystem through its long life span and ability to reproduce vegetatively by rooting of cladodes (Mandujano et al.
The cladodes (the cactus leaves or pads) are covered with stiff thorns, while the tuna has detachable microscopic hairs, called glochids, that can easily penetrate bare skin.
Jaramillo-Flores ME, Gonzalez-Cruz L, Cornejo-Mazon M, Dorantes-Alvarez L, Gutierrez-Lopez GF and H Hernandez-Sanchez Effect of Thermal Treatment on the Antioxidant Activity and Content of Carotenoids and Phenolic Compounds of Cactus Pear Cladodes (Opuntia ficus-indica).
In the case of Epiphyllum, a spineless cactus that consists solely of floppy, often deeply scalloped, green cladodes (stems), the fruit tends to be sweeter if it is the result of cross-pollination between two different Ephiphyllum species or clones.
For instance, the Aztecs prized the rich red color extracted from the dried bodies of insects that were raised on cladodes (leaf-like branches) of many species of prickly-pear cacti.
Opuntia engelmanni plants apparently adjust the relative proportion of new cladodes and flowers in response to the previous year's resource expenditure (Bowers, 1996c).
This predictability also extends to other desert species such as Opuntia where the fresh weights of cladodes are correlated with cladode width ([r.
Cochineal (Dactylopius coccus Costa; Hemiptera: Dactylopidae) is a sessile parasitic insect living on cladodes of prickly pear (Opuntia ficus-indica Miller; Cactaceae) and has been used as a source of natural dyes in Mesomerica and the Andean area since pre-Columbian times.
Cladodes of this plant named "Nopalitos" are consumed mainly as staple food, but according to Mexican popular medicine, some diseases like diabetes mellitus, blood glucose levels, hyper-lipidemy, obesity and gastrointestinal disorders can be alleviated by eating this vegetable (Corrales-Garcia et al.