Meaning of fungus imperfectus in English:

fungus imperfectus


  • A fungus that does not produce (or is not known to produce) sexual spores; a fungus in which the sexual phase of the life cycle is either lacking or unidentified.

    Classification of fungi has traditionally been based on their sexual structures; in some systems, fungi lacking a sexual stage are assigned to the general category Fungi Imperfecti.


Late 19th century. From scientific Latin fungus imperfectus from classical Latin fungus + imperfectus.