Sporangium vs Capsule - What's the difference?

sporangium | capsule |

As nouns the difference between sporangium and capsule

is that sporangium is (botany|mycology) a case, capsule, or container in which spores are produced by an organism while capsule is (physiology) a membranous envelope.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



  • (botany, mycology) A case, capsule, or container in which spores are produced by an organism.
  • * 1993 , Sally Stenhouse Kneidel, Creepy Crawlies and the Scientific Method: Over 100 Hands-on Science Experiments for Children , page 81,
  • Scientific explanations include that exposure to light, lack of moisture or absence of food can cause sporangia' to form from the plasmodium. At least one of these three conditions has been present every time I've seen ' sporangia form.
  • * 2000 , Peter R. Bell, Alan R. Hemsley, Green Plants: Their Origin and Diversity , page 161,
  • Asexual reproduction by the production of a bud in place of a sporangium is not uncommon.
  • * 2009 , Edith L. Taylor, Thomas N. Taylor, Michael Krings, Paleobotany: The Biology and Evolution of Fossil Plants , page 416,
  • The sporangia , however, are much larger: 3–4 mm long 0.7–1.1 mm in diameter versus only 1–1.5 mm long 0.5–0.8 mm in Corynepteris , and are characteristically banana shaped with a pair of elongate annuli.


    * (vessel in which spores are produced) capsule, sporange

    Derived terms

    * ascosporangium * basidiosporangium * endosporangium * eusporangium * leptosporangium * macrosporangium * megasporangium * microsporangium * sporangiophore * teliosporangium * tetrasporangium * zygosporangium


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    (en noun)
  • (physiology) A membranous envelope.
  • (botany) A type of simple, dehiscent, dry fruit (seed-case) produced by many species of flowering plants, such as poppy, lily, orchid, willow and cotton.
  • (botany) A sporangium, especially in bryophytes.
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  • The epidermal cells of the capsule wall of Jubulopsis'', with nodose "trigones" at the angles, are very reminiscent of what one finds in ''Frullania spp.
  • A detachable part of a rocket or spacecraft (usually in the nose) containing the crew's living space.
  • (pharmacy) A small container containing a dose of medicine.
  • (dialectal, UK, Suffolk) A weasel.
  • (attributively, figuratively) in a brief, condensed or compact form
  • * 1962 , :
  • If this capsule history of our progress teaches us anything, it is that man, in his quest for knowledge and progress, is determined and cannot be deterred.
  • (winemaking) The covering — formerly lead or tin, now often plastic — over the cork at the top of the wine bottle.
  • (chemistry, dated) A small clay saucer for roasting or melting samples of ores, etc.; a scorifier.
  • A small, shallow evaporating dish, usually of porcelain.
  • A small cup or shell, often of metal, for a percussion cap, cartridge, etc.
  • Derived terms

    * capsular * capsule review * Glissonian capsule


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