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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.
- ‘The Bryophyta or mosses, unlike the liverworts, are present in most terrestrial habitats (even deserts) and may sometimes be the dominant plant life’
- ‘In the ‘bryophytes’ (Hepaticophyta, Anthocerotophyta, and Bryophyta), the sporophyte plant remains small and dependent on the parent gametophyte for its entire life.’
- ‘An example of this is the Bryophyta, which includes liverworts, mosses and hornworts, but not the vascular plants.’
- ‘Phylogenetically, we treat Bryophyta as Moss > Quercus.’
- ‘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.
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