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n. pl. pa·raph·y·ses (-sēz′)
One of the erect sterile filaments often occurring among the reproductive organs of certain fungi, algae, and mosses.

[New Latin : para- + Greek phusis, nature, growth; see physic.]


n, pl -ses (-ˌsiːz)
(Botany) any of numerous sterile cells occurring between the sex organs of mosses and algae and between the spore-producing bodies of basidiomycetous and ascomycetous fungi
[C19: New Latin from Greek: subsidiary growth, from para-1 + phusis growth]
paˈraphysate adj
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Noun1.paraphysis - a sterile simple or branched filament or hair borne among sporangiaparaphysis - a sterile simple or branched filament or hair borne among sporangia; may be pointed or clubbed
fibril, filament, strand - a very slender natural or synthetic fiber
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Smith (1990, 1995), when working on the ferns from Venezuela Guayana, noticed an undescribed Pleopeltis, that was unique in having repand lamina margins and lacking scaly paraphyses, and he described it as Pl.
gamerianum does not belong in Enterosora (which has laminar setae and lacks glandular paraphyses among the developing sporangia; Bishop and Smith, 1992).
lindbergii), paraphyses absent; spores ellipsoidal, monolete, with wing-like folds, the surface smooth, reticulate or papillate to echinate between the folds.