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Aphyllophorales

An order of Fungi in the phylum Basidiomycota having macroscopic Basidiocarps. The members are characterized by their saprophytic activities as decomposers, particularly in the degradation of Cellulose and Lignin. A large number of species in the order have been used medicinally. (From Alexopoulos, Introductory Mycology, 4th ed, pp504-68)