cryptogam

cryptogam

[krip-tuh-gam]
noun Botany.
any of the Cryptogamia, a former primary division of plants that have no true flowers or seeds and that reproduce by spores, as the ferns, mosses, fungi, and algae.

Origin:
1840–50; < Neo-Latin Cryptogamia. See crypto-, -gamy

cryptogamic, cryptogamous [krip-tog-uh-muhs] , cryptogamical, adjective
cryptogamist, noun
cryptogamy, noun
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cryptogam (ˈkrɪptəʊˌɡæm)
 
n
Compare phanerogam (in former plant classification schemes) any organism that does not produce seeds, including algae, fungi, mosses, and ferns
 
[C19: from New Latin Cryptogamia, from crypto- + Greek gamos marriage]
 
crypto'gamic
 
adj
 
cryptogamous
 
adj

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cryptogam

any of the spore-bearing vascular plants, including the ferns, club mosses, spike mosses, quillworts, horsetails, and whisk ferns. Once considered of the same evolutionary line, these plants were formerly placed in the single group Pteridophyta and were known as the ferns and fern allies. Although modern studies have shown that the plants are not in fact related, these terms are still used in discussion of the lower vascular plants.

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