genus Claviceps


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Noun1.genus Claviceps - fungi parasitic upon the ovaries of various grassesgenus Claviceps - fungi parasitic upon the ovaries of various grasses
fungus genus - includes lichen genera
family Hypocreaceae, Hypocreaceae - family of fungi having brightly colored fleshy or membranous ascocarps; sometimes placed in its own order Hypocreales
Claviceps purpurea, ergot - 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