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thallus

[′thal·əs]
(botany)
A plant body that is not differentiated into special tissue systems or organs and may vary from a single cell to a complex, branching multicellular structure.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Thallus

 

the body of lower plants (algae, fungi, myxomycetes, lichens). A thallus is not differentiated into stem and leaves. Thalli are characteristic of thallophytes.

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It is probable that several relatively conspicuous subarctic and boreal thalloid species will experience range shifts (e.g., Chordaria flagelliformis, Petalonia fascia, Saccorhiza dermatodea, Agarum clathratum, Saccharina longicruris).
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The leafy and simple thalloid liverworts have quadrilobed sporocytes, whereas the sporocytes of complex thalloids are generally unlobed.
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Such pre-meiotic bands of microtubules have been reported in deeply lobed, polyplastidic sporocytes of both simple thalloid (Brown & Lemmon, 2004, 2006) and leafy (Brown & Lemmon, 2009) liverworts.
The Fossombroniales are a specialized group of simple thalloids in which the thalli are marginally dissected into leafy appendages that appear ruffled to the naked eye.