bryopsida meaning

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  • Noun: Bryopsida
    1. True mosses: bryophytes having leafy rather than thalloid gametophytes: comprises orders Andreaeales; Bryales; Dicranales; Eubryales; Sphagnales
      - class Bryopsida, Musci, class Musci

    Type of: class

    Part of: Bryophyta, division Bryophyta

    Encyclopedia: Bryopsida

  • [Medicine]
    A class of plants within the Bryophyta comprising the mosses,which are found in both damp (including freshwater) and drier situations. Mosses possess erect or prostrate leafless stems,which give rise to leafless stalks bearing capsules. Spores formed in the capsules are released and grow to produce new plants. (Concise Dictionary of Biology,1990). Many small plants bearing the name moss are in fact not mosses. The moss found on the north side of trees is actually a green alga (ALGAE,GREEN). Irish moss is really a red alga (ALGAE,RED). Beard lichen (beard moss),Iceland moss,oak moss,and reindeer moss are actually LICHENS. Spanish moss is a common name for both LICHENS and an air plant of the pineapple family (BROMELIACEAE). Club moss is an evergreen herb of the family LYCOPODIACEAE.


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  1. There are a few mosses in the Bryopsida that have no peristome in their capsules.
  2. In Bryopsida the leafy moss plant ( q . v . " Thallus " ) is called gametophore.
  3. This articulation of the teeth is termed "'arthrodontous "'and is found in the moss subclass Bryopsida.
  4. "' Hypnaceae "'is a large family of moss with broad worldwide occurrence in the class Bryopsida, subclass Bryidae and order Hypnales.
  5. The unusual peristome in " Buxbaumia " is now thought to be a transitional form between the nematodontous ( cellular teeth ) peristome of the Polytrichopsida and the arthrodontous ( cell wall teeth ) peristome of the Bryopsida.

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