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A member of a formerly recognized taxonomic group that included all seedless plants and plantlike organisms, such as mosses, algae, ferns, lichens, and fungi.

[From New Latin Cryptogamia, former group name : crypto- + -gamia, -gamy.]

cryp′to·gam′ic, cryp·tog′a·mous (-tŏg′ə-məs) adj.


(Botany) (in former plant classification schemes) any organism that does not produce seeds, including algae, fungi, mosses, and ferns. Compare phanerogam
[C19: from New Latin Cryptogamia, from crypto- + Greek gamos marriage]
ˌcryptoˈgamic, cryptogamous adj


(ˈkrɪp təˌgæm)

a plant that bears no true flowers or seeds and that reproduces by spores, as the ferns, mosses, fungi, and algae.
[1840–50; < New Latin Cryptogamia. See crypto-, -gamy]
cryp`to•gam′ic, cryp•tog′a•mous (-ˈtɒg ə məs) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cryptogam - formerly recognized taxonomic group including all flowerless and seedless plants that reproduce by means of spores: ferns, mosses, algae, fungi
plant life, flora, plant - (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion
thallophyte - any of a group of cryptogamic organisms consisting principally of a thallus and thus showing no differentiation into stem and root and leaf
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Those authors found intensively surveying large areas (referred to as floristic habitat sampling) captures cryptogam diversity more effectively than sampling smaller representative plots.
Comparative cryptogam ecology: a review of bryophyte and lichen traits that drive biogeochemistry.
2005), the study area is situated in bioclimatic subzone B, and the vegetation is classified as rush/grass, forb, cryptogam tundra.
Assessment of sediment yield by splash erosion on a semi-arid soil with varying cryptogam cover.
Li XR, Zhou HY, Wang XP, Zhu YG, O'Conner PJ (2003) The effects of sand stabilization and revegetation on cryptogam species diversity and soil fertility in the Tengger Desert, Northern China.
At each point, vegetation within 3 m above the point was recorded in the following categories: tree, sapling, tree seedling, cane, shrub, grass, forb and cryptogam.
Day Fort stepped up on his promising debut effort to cruise to a length and a half success over Perfect Night, but his market rival Cryptogam ran too freely to threaten.
Day Fort stepped up on his promising debut effort to cruise to a length and a half success over Perfect Night but his market rival Cryptogam pulled her way to defeat.
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Cryptogam cover An indicator of surface stability, resistance to erosion and nutrient availability 5.
This was insufficient to establish any clear patterns of distribution of the cryptogam flora.