Any of numerous photosynthetic, chiefly terrestrial, nonvascular plants that reproduce by spores, including the mosses, liverworts, and hornworts. These three groups together formerly made up the division Bryophyta, which is now restricted to the mosses alone.
Any of a division (Bryophyta) of plants consisting of the mosses and liverworts.
A member of a large group of seedless green plants including the mosses, liverworts, and hornworts. Bryophytes lack the specialized tissues xylem and phloem that circulate water and dissolved nutrients in the vascular plants. Bryophytes generally live on land but are mostly found in moist environments, for they reproduce by spores that require water for transport. In contrast to the vascular plants, the gametophyte (haploid) generation of bryophytes constitutes the larger plant form, while the small sporophyte (diploid) generation grows on or within the gametophyte and depends upon it for nutrition.
Origin of bryophyte
- New Latin Bryophyta division name bryo– –phyte
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Bryophyta, from Ancient Greek βρύον (bruon, “moss”) + φυτόν (phuton, “plant”).