hymenomycetes

hymenomycetes

noun
used in some classifications; usually coextensive with order Agaricales: mushrooms; toadstools; agarics; bracket fungi 
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hymenomycetes

name often given to an informal grouping of fungi that are members of the phylum Basidiomycota (kingdom Fungi). It includes more than 5,000 species characterized by an exposed spore-bearing layer (hymenium) and basidiospores that are forcibly discharged. Included are boletes, canterelles, coral fungi, mushrooms, and pore fungi. A fruiting body, almost totally lacking in some genera, is highly developed in others

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