A heterogenous phylum of fungi which lack a sexual phase, or of which the sexual phase is not known. Some undoubtedly represent the conidium stages of various Ascomycetes. It is not considered a natural phylum, and is also called the Deuteromycota
. The group is divided into the orders Sphæropsidales
, and Moniliales
. It includes the genera Penicillium
, which reproduce asexually by means of conidia. [Webster 1913 Suppl.