Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.



[Greek klados, twig + -phyll.]


(Botany) another name for cladode
[C19: from Greek klados branch + phullon leaf]


(ˈklæd ə fɪl, ˈkleɪ də-)

a leaflike flattened branch that resembles and functions as a leaf. Also called cladode.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cladophyll - a flattened stem resembling and functioning as a leafcladophyll - 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
References in periodicals archive ?
Specific attention was given to (i) effect of cladophyll age on photosynthetic capacity; (ii) the extent of stomatal and nonstomatal limitation to photosynthesis; (iii) causes of cultivar variation in photosynthetic capacity.
The seedlings were younger and, therefore, smaller than the field plants, in terms of fern height, number of ferns and, to a lesser extent, and cladophyll size.
The plant forms tight clusters of grape sized rhizomes and displays trailing stems that support cladophylls that are not leaves but actually branchlets with the tiny leaves appearing in the axils with small white aromatic flowers that transform into the pea-size red berries that are poisonous to humans and domestic animals.
Cladophylls are green leaflike stems that not only look like leaves but also are actually photosynthetic.
All ornamental asparagus types require continuous maintenance due to continuous yellowing and browning as their cladophylls -- we call them leaves although true leaves on asparagus are not noticed -- age and die.
They also, much like peccaries, eat the cladophylls of prickly pear, the leaflike pads where the cactus stores water to survive droughts.
The prickly pear pads or cladophylls, as branches that look like leaves are called, may be 80 percent water at their peak.
Not possessed of true leaves, flattened leaflike cladophylls decorate the stems of butcher's broom.
Prickly pear pads, or cladophylls, as leaflike branches are called, may be 80 percent water at their peak.