Any of various gymnosperm plants of the division Gnetophyta, having some features similar to those of angiosperms, such as xylem with vessel elements, and including ephedra.
Any of a small but diverse phylum (Gnetophyta) of gymnosperm plants with some features similar to those of angiosperms, such as xylem with vessels, strobili resembling inflorescences, and the absence of archegonia. The genus Ephedra, well-known as a source of stimulant compounds, is classified among the gnetophytes.
Origin of gnetophyte
- From New Latin Gnetophyta division name from Gnetum type genus from Ternatese (Papuan language of Ternate) ganemu a species of tree (Gnetum gnemon) widespread in Southeast Asia and the Pacific islands and valued for its edible seeds
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition