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epithecium (noun, pl. epithecia;ascocarp term) – a distinct, additional layer of hyphae developed on the surface of a hymenium, formed by apical growth and branching of the paraphyses; in the strict sense only referring to a distinct plectenchyma developed on top of the hymenium, but frequently used more liberally and interchangeably with epihymenium. This is:part of ascocarp.

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