Penicillium claviforme

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Subkingdom: Dikarya
Phylum: Ascomycota
Subphylum: Pezizomycotina
Class: Eurotiomycetes
Subclass: Eurotiomycetidae
Order: Eurotiales
Family: Trichocomaceae
Genus: Penicillium
Subgenus: Terverticillium
Species: P. claviforme
Binomial name
Penicillium claviforme

Penicillium claviforme is a species of Penicillium within the phylum Ascomycota.

  • It is found within the subgenus Terverticillium.
  • It has a coremium-type morphology in the sexual structures, named for its resemblance to matchsticks.
  • It is also known as Penicillium vulpinum.

Also known as synnema, meaning 'pillow', because of the closely appressed conidiophores.


  • C.J. Alexopolous, Charles W. Mims, M. Blackwell et al., Introductory Mycology, 4th ed. (John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken NJ, 2004) ISBN 0-471-52229-5
  • M. Moss, "Penicillium claviforme - an Impressive mould with an M.C. Cooke Connection". Mycologist (2004); vol. 18, issue 4: 143-144.