bryophyte

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Bryum argenteum (a moss)
Marchantia polymorpha (a liverwort)
Anthoceros agrestis (a hornwort)
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From Bryophyta, from Ancient Greek βρύον ‎(brúon, moss) + φυτόν ‎(phutón, plant) ( +‎ -phyte).

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bryophyte ‎(plural bryophytes)

  1. (botany) 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.
    • 1993, Wilson Nichols Stewart, Paleobotany and the Evolution of Plants, page 77,
      Without going into their reasons, Bold, Alexopoulos, & DelBevoryas (1980) and Crandall-Stotler (1980) believe that there are at least three independent lines of bryophytes and that this is best reflected by establishing three divisions - the Bryophyta (mosses), Hepatophyta (liverworts), and Anthocerotophyta (hornworts).
    • 2002, William R. Buck, Bryophytes, entry in Niles Eldredge (editor), Life on Earth, page 202,
      Because of their small size and often delicate structure, bryophytes have a poor fossil record, dating back only about 290 million years.
    • 2003, Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything, BCA 2003, p. 312:
      And so it was that I was introduced to Len Ellis and the quiet world of bryophytes – mosses to the rest of us.

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