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 (ăp′ə-thē′sē-əm, -shē-)
n. pl. ap·o·the·ci·a (-sē-ə, -shē-ə)
A disk-shaped or cup-shaped ascocarp of some lichens and ascomycetous fungi.

[From Latin apothēca, storehouse; see apothecary.]

ap′o·the′cial (-shəl) adj.


n, pl -cia (-sɪə)
(Botany) botany a cup-shaped structure that contains the asci, esp in lichens; a type of ascocarp
[C19: from New Latin, from apo- + Greek thēkion a little case]
apothecial adj


(ˌæp əˈθi ʃi əm, -si-)

n., pl. -ci•a (-ʃi ə, -si ə)
the open, cup-shaped, spore-bearing fruit of certain lichens and fungi.
[1820–30; < New Latin < Greek apo- apo- + thēkíon, diminutive of thḗkē case (see theca)]
ap`o•the′cial (-ʃəl) adj.
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Noun1.apothecium - a cuplike ascocarp in many lichens and ascomycetous fungiapothecium - a cuplike ascocarp in many lichens and ascomycetous fungi
ascocarp - mature fruiting body of an ascomycetous fungus
elf cup - apothecium of a fungus of the family Pezizaceae
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Carotenoid composition of mycelium and apothecia in the discomycete Scutellinia umbrarum.
Cetrarioid lichens, one of the most studied groups of lichens in the Parmeliaceae (lichen-forming Ascomycetes) family, are designated by their morphology with "foliose/subfruticose thalli with marginal apothecia and pycnidia", and chemically they contain lichenan, which is a linear [beta]-(1 [right arrow] 3, 1 [right arrow] 4) homoglycan (Nelsen et al.
Mae'r cen yn edrych fel llwch llwydwyrdd hefo dotiau arno ac apothecia ydi'r enw ar ran ffrwythlon y cen Un peth sydd ar ol: yr enw 'na - Biatoridium monasteriense.
sipmanii is more robust than the Colombian specimen, which looks juvenile, with strongly branched, slender podetia without conidiomata or apothecia.
Carpogenic germination forms a fruiting body called apothecia, which houses the ascospores of the fungus and is considered crucial for the expression of the disease and the epidemic process (Kohn, 1979).
They "over winter," lying peacefully in the mud, often obscured by leaves, and come spring, sprout tiny mushroom-like structures with small cups on the end, called apothecia.
Toninia sedifolia can be identified by the presence of whitish to bluish-grey (green-olive when hydrated) convex to swollen squamules, by the blackish apothecia without pruina (although sometimes with dense bluish-grey pruina), and by the flat to slightly convex disks.
The articles include name, type, references, thallus, apothecia, apothecial anatomy, ascospores, pycnida, chemistry, substrate and ecology, distribution, notes, and specimens examined.
The genus is characterized by lecanorine apothecia, blood red to orange-red discs and thallus-coloured margins, epihymenium with red pigments, paraphyses somewhat branched and anastomosing, Lecanora-type asci, ascospores hyaline, oblong, fusiform to broadly acicular and transversely septate (3-25 septa) to submuriform (Brodo et al.
Fruiting body elongated, rounded or disk-like, sessile with upper cortex; an apothecium VI--CRUSTOSE LICHENS WITH APOTHECIA I--FRUTICOSE LICHENS 1.
Field production of fertile apothecia by Sclerotinia homoeocarpa in Festuca turf.