in some systems of plant classification, any of a division (Pteridophyta) of plants possessing true vascular roots, stems, and leaves and reproducing by means of spores, including the ferns and lycopods
Origin of pteridophytefrom Modern Latin Pteridophyta from Classical Greek pteris (see pteridology) + -phyte
Any of numerous vascular plants that reproduce by means of spores rather than seeds, including the ferns and related plants such as horsetails, and sometimes the club mosses.
Origin of pteridophyteFrom New Latin Pteridophyta former division name Greek pteris pterid- fern ; see pteridology . Greek phuton plant ; see -phyte .
- pte·rid′o·phyt′ic pter′i·doph′y·tous
- Any plant of the division Pteridophyta, of simple vascular plants that reproduce via spores rather than seeds and that alternate generations of diploid (sporophyte) and haploid (gametophyte or prothallus) forms, the diploid generally being larger and more conspicuous.
- Ferns, lycopods, and scouring rushes are all pteridophytes.
From pterido- +"Ž -phyte.