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bryophyte \bryophyte\ n. any of numerous plants of the division Bryophyta.

Syn: nonvascular plant.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

from Modern Latin Bryophyta (1864), from bryo- "moss" + -phyte "plant" (n.).


n. (context botany English) Any plant of the division Bryophyta, defined ''sensu lato'' to comprise the mosses, liverworts and hornworts and corresponding to all embryophytes that are not vascular plants.


n. any of numerous plants of the division Bryophyta [syn: nonvascular plant]


Bryophyte is a traditional name used to refer to all embryophytes (land plants) that are " non-vascular plants", such as mosses, hornworts, and liverworts. The defining feature of bryophytes is that they do not have true vascular tissue. Although some do have specialized tissues for the transport of water, they are not considered to be true vascular tissue since they do not contain lignin. , it is uncertain whether bryophytes are a natural or monophyletic group or a paraphyletic group, but the name is convenient and remains in use as a collective term for mosses, hornworts, and liverworts. Bryophytes produce enclosed reproductive structures (gametangia and sporangia), 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".

Usage examples of "bryophyte".

On the other hand there are not wanting indications of reduction in the Bryophyte sporogonium which make an alternative view of its origin at least possible.

Even with lichens removed, bryophytes is a busy realm, with over ten thousand species contained within some seven hundred genera.

Have you ever heard of the general class of plants called Bryophytes, chief of which are the mosses, or Musci?

A little careful observation soon shows, however, that the Bryophytes form a well-defined class, including several subordinate groups.

The series of increasingly complex sporogonia among Bryophytes appears to be most naturally explained on an hypothesis of progressive sterilization of sporogenous tissue, such as has been advanced by Bower.

Insects mating atop bryophytes that cling to the rock beneath the falls at Lauterbrunnen.

Waterfalls are sluicing the cliffs beyond, rock walls adrift in lush fern, bryophytes.

He'd been six months away from his phytobiology doctorate when his theory on the medical applications of bryophytes had crashed and burned.

Gigantic ferns, ivies, and unclassifiable bryophytes still crowded out flowering plants.