Definition of phylloclade in English:

phylloclade

Pronunciation /ˈfiləˌklād/ /ˈfɪləˌkleɪd/

noun

Botany
  • 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.’

Origin

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