Claviceps

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Claviceps

 [klav´ĭ-seps]
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.

Claviceps

the ergot fungi, members of the Ascomycetes class. Parasites of seedheads of various plants.

Claviceps cinerea
this ergot causes the same poisoning syndrome as paspalum ergot. See paspalum ergot.
Claviceps fusiformis
this ergot grows on bulrush millet (Pennisetum typhoides) and causes agalactia in sows fed on it. Called also millet ergot.
Claviceps paspali
Claviceps purpurea
the cause of rye ergot, but also the common ergot capable of infecting most grass species.