AskDefine | Define cladode

Dictionary Definition

cladode n : a flattened stem resembling and functioning as a leaf [syn: cladophyll, phylloclad, phylloclade]

Extensive Definition

Cladophylls also called cladodes are photosynthetic branches or portions of a stem that resemble and function as a leaf, as in the asparagus. Cladophylls are flattened, modified stems that resemble leaves, many cacti and structurally similar plants have cladophylls.
cladode in German: Phyllokladium
cladode in Italian: Cladodi
cladode in Polish: Gałęziak
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