Ustilaginales

plural noun Us·ti·lag·i·na·les

Definition of Ustilaginales

:an order of parasitic basidiomycetous fungi that cause smuts of various plants and especially of cereal grasses and have a complex life cycle which may include conidia production and in which sessile haploid basidiospores ultimately yield thick-walled dark-colored chlamydospores which typically replace the ovaries of an infected plant in a smutty mass and germinate with a meiosis to form a promycelium and begin a new basidial generation — compare uredinales , ustilago — see tilletiaceae

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Origin and Etymology of ustilaginales

New Latin, from Ustilagin-, Ustilago + -ales


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