Hy-poc-re-a'se-e. L. fr. Gr.
under, through, by, +
flesh - i. e., some or the species live upon meat (caterpillars and other insects). Exist mostly upon dead organic matter, sometimes upon living plants and insects; rarely with chlorophyll, mycelium inconspicuous, frequently producing a dense homogeneous tissue; ascocarps complex and either open from the first or at a later period; conidium formation occurs in many ways both from the mycelium and stoma; temperate climates; haemostatic, ecbolic, poisonous. Genus: 1. Claviceps.