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A slender stalk that supports each half of a dehisced fruit in many members of the parsley family.


1. (Botany) the central column surrounded by carpels in such flowers as the geranium
2. (Botany) a spore-bearing structure in some of the higher fungi


(ˈkɑr pəˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr)

1. a prolongation of the floral axis that bears the carpels, as in plants of the parsley family.
2. the fruiting body of the higher fungi.
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Noun1.carpophore - a slender stalk that furnishes an axis for a carpel
stalk, stem - a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ
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The effect of the interaction of various spawn grains and oil types on carpophore dry weight, stipe length and stipe and pileus diameters of lentinus squarrosulus (mont.
A range of parameters including temperature, light, carbon dioxide concentration, humidity and pH have been shown to influence carpophore production [4].
Twenty soils were selected according to their production of Tuber melanosporum carpophores: 8 samples were taken from the interior of the brules (the name given to productive sites, recognised by their typical bare appearance), with high carpophore productivity (2000-6000 g/year); 6 samples from brules with low productivity (100-600 g/year), and 6 reference samples without production, situated at least 50 m from the brules.
The fruits are schizocarpic with a carpophore bearing two biwinged mericarps (a rare feature for Araliaceae, arguing for repositioning in the related family, Apiaeeae), that are laterally compressed into wings.
Up to 80,000 spectators at a time would throng to the Colosseum to see greats such as Carpophores -- who reportedly defeated a bear, lion, leopard and rhinoceros in one battle -- or cheer on sea battles held in the flooded arena.
By contrast, Myodocarpus has dry, schizocarpic fruits with free carpophores, reminiscent of many Apioideae.
The carpophores, ascospores and mycorrhizas were identified with a stereoscopic microscope (Leica WildMZ8) and a microscope (Leica LeitzDMRB) following the descriptions and recommendations proposed by Agerer (1987-2002), Montecchi and Sarasini (2000) and Riousset et al.