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Related to Claviceps: Claviceps purpurea, ergot alkaloid
a genus of parasitic fungi that infest various seed plants. C. purpu´rea is the source of ergot.
Claviceps/Clav·i·ceps/ (klav´ĭ-seps) a genus of parasitic fungi that infest various plant seeds. C. purpu´rea is the source of ergot.
the ergot fungi, members of the Ascomycetes class. Parasites of seedheads of various plants.
this ergot causes the same poisoning syndrome as paspalum ergot. See paspalum ergot.
this ergot grows on bulrush millet (Pennisetum typhoides) and causes agalactia in sows fed on it. Called also millet ergot.
the cause of rye ergot, but also the common ergot capable of infecting most grass species.