Definition of Bryophyta in English:


plural noun

  • A division of small flowerless green plants which comprises the mosses and liverworts. They lack true roots and reproduce by spores released from a stalked capsule.

    Division Bryophyta: classes Musci (mosses) and Hepaticae (liverworts)

    • ‘In the ‘bryophytes’ (Hepaticophyta, Anthocerotophyta, and Bryophyta), the sporophyte plant remains small and dependent on the parent gametophyte for its entire life.’
    • ‘The Bryophyta or mosses, unlike the liverworts, are present in most terrestrial habitats (even deserts) and may sometimes be the dominant plant life’
    • ‘Phylogenetically, we treat Bryophyta as Moss > Quercus.’
    • ‘An example of this is the Bryophyta, which includes liverworts, mosses and hornworts, but not the vascular plants.’
    • ‘Takahashi and coworkers made an extensive survey on the Si concentrations of nearly 500 plant species from Bryophyta to Angiospermae, grown under similar soil conditions.’


Modern Latin (plural), from Greek bruon ‘moss’ + phuta ‘plants’.