Claviceps purpurea


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Noun1.Claviceps purpurea - a fungus that infects various cereal plants forming compact black masses of branching filaments that replace many grains of the plantClaviceps purpurea - a fungus that infects various cereal plants forming compact black masses of branching filaments that replace many grains of the plant; source of medicinally important alkaloids and of lysergic acid
Claviceps, genus Claviceps - fungi parasitic upon the ovaries of various grasses
rye ergot - a sclerotium or hardened mass of mycelium
fungus - an organism of the kingdom Fungi lacking chlorophyll and feeding on organic matter; ranging from unicellular or multicellular organisms to spore-bearing syncytia
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More obvious problems include ergotism, caused by the alkaloids produced by the fungus Claviceps purpurea.