Definition of phylloclade in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfiləˌklād/ /ˈfɪləˌkleɪd/


  • A flattened branch or stem-joint resembling and functioning as a leaf.

    ‘The erect or pendent inflorescence, usually inserted below the abscission layer, arises from the rhizome in some groups, while it is merged into the leaf blade in others, resembling a phylloclade as in Ruscus.’
    • ‘The variation in some vegetative (climbing shoot, second-order branches or ‘phylloclades’) and sexual (inflorescence and flowers) characters was analysed in 115 plant specimens.’


Mid 19th century from modern Latin phyllocladium, from Greek phullōdēs ‘leaflike’, from phullon ‘leaf’.