Definitions for bryophyteˈbraɪ əˌfaɪt
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bryophyte, nonvascular plant(noun)
any of numerous plants of the division Bryophyta
A member of the Bryophyta (in the broadest sense). Any plant in which the gametophyte (haploid) stage of the lifecycle is the larger, persistent stage, and the sporophyte (diploid) stage is small and dependent upon the gametophyte. Bryophytes include mosses, liverworts, and hornworts.
Origin: From Bryophyta, from βρύον + φυτόν.
Bryophyte is a traditional name used to refer to all embryophytes that do not have true vascular tissue and are therefore called "non-vascular plants". Some bryophytes do have specialized tissues for the transport of water; however since these do not contain lignin, they are not considered to be true vascular tissue. Currently bryophytes are thought not to be a natural or monophyletic group; however the name is convenient and remains in use as a collective term for mosses, hornworts, and liverworts. Bryophytes produce enclosed reproductive structures, but they produce neither flowers nor seeds, reproducing via spores. The term bryophyte comes from Greek βρύον, bryon, "tree-moss, oyster-green" + φυτόν - phyton "plant".
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