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cryp·to·gam

 (krĭp′tə-găm′)
n.
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.

cryptogam

(ˈkrɪptəʊˌɡæm)
n
(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

cryp•to•gam

(ˈkrɪp təˌgæm)

n.
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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The Universidad Complutense de Madrid partially funded this research (Research Group funding programmes: Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Cryptogamic Plants, UCM 910801).
Most Cryptocephalinae larvae appear in leaf litter, feeding on decaying plants, or upon cryptogamic plants growing on stones (Erber, 1988).
Fluorescence emission spectra of desiccation-tolerant cryptogamic plants during a rehydration-desiccation cycle.