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[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.
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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
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The fern is extremely hardy and can survive for decades without much attention, but while the berries cause diarrhea and vomiting if consumed, and are deadly to cats and dogs, the newly emerging cladophylls are edible.
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.