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A leaf or leaflike organ that bears one or more sporangia.


(ˈspɔːrəʊfɪl; ˈspɒ-) or


(Botany) a leaf in ferns and other spore-bearing plants that bears the sporangia. See also megasporophyll, microsporophyll


or spo•ro•phyl

(ˈspɔr ə fɪl, ˈspoʊr-)

a modified leaf that bears sporangia.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sporophyll - leaf in ferns and mosses that bears the sporangia
megasporophyll - in non-flowering plants, a sporophyll that bears only megasporangia
microsporophyll - in non-flowering plants, a sporophyll that bears only microsporangia
foliage, leaf, leafage - the main organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in higher plants
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decumbent, erect (among others) sporophyll, and indument details, and leaf venation whenever possible.
Anti-influenza A virus characteristics of a fucoidan from sporophyll of Undaria pinnatifida in mice with normal and compromised immunity.
Fucoidan extracted and purified from the sporophyll of Korean Undaria pinnatifida showed anticoagulant activity in a dose-dependent manner (181).
4 cm, yellow-beige tomentose with green undertones; microsporophylls arranged in 14-16 orthostichies of 16-25 fertile sporophylls each, obtrullate, 10-11 x 89 mm at pollen shedding, bullae encompassing 1/4 to 1/3 of total length of sporophyll, beige-yellow tomentose, face hexagonal, 5-5.
pintiatifida sporophyll was prepared by enzymatic hydrolysis and alcohol precipitation.
Writing for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students of biology and botany, he covers the organography of stems, the root, and the leaf then traces development from sporangium to seed and from sporophyll to flower.
The sporophyll, according to the telome theory, is composed of one or more telomes or both telomes and mesomes.
Growing axes (n = 9) were collected monthly to quantify sporophyll production and the frequencies of different types of lateral blades.
The volume of the bundle of sporophyll blades at the base of each plant was determined, assuming a cylinder from in situ measurements of height and diameter of the bundle.
This product (slw) was doubled because a single sorus of approximately equal area occurs on both sides of a sporophyll (Neushul 1959).