Ustilaginales

plural noun

Us·​ti·​lag·​i·​na·​les
: 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

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Ustilagin-, Ustilago + -ales

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“Ustilaginales.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ustilaginales. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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