A plant, especially a fungus, that lives inside another plant.
- ‘The presence of the endophyte in tillers and leaves was tested in infected plants as well as its absence in non-infected plants.’
- ‘It is a type of fungus called an endophyte that lives inside the kernels of corn plants, neither harming nor benefiting its host.’
- ‘Compared with the plots planted with fungus-free grass, the plots containing the endophyte had fewer different plant species.’
- ‘Alternatively, endophytes that produce alkaloids also may compete with the plant for nutrients.’
- ‘A research team reports that in tree leaves, these fungi, called endophytes, can limit damage from attacking disease agents.’