noun (plural thalli /ˈTHalī/)Botany
A plant body that is not differentiated into stem and leaves and lacks true roots and a vascular system. Thalli are typical of algae, fungi, lichens, and some liverworts.
- Oomycetes resemble fungi in the form of their thalli, ecology, and the plant parasitic ability of some species and are traditionally studied by mycologists.
- Some causal relationships between morphology and hydrodynamic performance have been established for macroalgae, through theoretical studies and hydrodynamic comparisons of differently exposed thalli.
- Ceratopteris spores, like fucoid zygotes, divide unequally to produce a small rhizoid cell and a larger cell that develops into the thallus.
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- Furthermore, logs provide persistent, exposed substrate where thalloid gametophytes can escape smothering by deciduous hardwood leaf litter.
- Ultrastructural research has revealed that the placental organization is remarkably diverse between major bryophyte groups but that, with the exception of simple thalloid liverworts, it shows only minor intra-group variation.
- When a spore germinates, it produces a flat thalloid plant with a greasy blue-green color and odd morphology.
Early 19th century: from Greek thallos 'green shoot', from thallein 'to bloom'.
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