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phytonphyton (fr.); Phyton (ger.)

  • A basic unit of plant structure or growth, esp. a unit that is capable of vegetative reproduction. (OED 2011)

    J’appelle système vasculaire l’ensemble des vaisseaux primitifs d’une feuille considérée comme plante distincte (phyton). […] un végétal original unique, le phyton

    Gaudichaud, C.G. (1841). Recherches générales sur l’organographie, la physiologie et l’organogénie des végétaux: 6; 38.


    He [Gaudichaud 1841] says, for instance, not very untruly, that Monocotyledons consist of one primordial plant or phyton, but Dicotyledons, on the other hand, of two or more, connected by the medulla.

    Link, H.F. (1846). Report on the progress of physiological botany (transl. by J. Hudson). In: Reports and Papers on Botany (Ray Society), vol. 1, 295-340: 305.


    phyton The smallest detached fragment that can develop into a new plant; propagation unit.

    Lincoln, R.J., Boxshall, G.A. & Clark, P.F. (1982). A Dictionary of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics: 193.