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Club-shaped; thicker at the apex than at the base.
- ‘Mature thalli of both taxa have structures with a clavate form located along the upper part of the main axis, and in both taxa these are preceded by multiple verticils of long, branched, hairlike sterile laterals.’
- ‘It is very similar in form in that the labellar trichomes are unicellular and clavate with ‘stalks’ of varying lengths.’
- ‘Included in both these genera were short, rectilinear borings with clavate ends and elongate, curvilinear borings with or without swollen terminations.’
- ‘All were united in having a characteristically clavate glabellar shape.’
- ‘Apart from size, the two specimens agree in all respects with the possible exception of the disposition of the clavate laterals.’
Mid 17th century: from modern Latin clavatus, from Latin clava club.
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