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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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Flora of the Hawaiian Islands: a description of their phanerogams and vascular cryptogams.
From this Psilophyton-like type were derived two lines of evolution--the lycopods, on the one hand, which retained their phylloids and dichotomous cauloids, and, on the other, all other vascular cryptogams, the pteridosperms, all gymnosperms and angiosperms.
In vascular cryptogams (psilophytes, lycopods, sphenophytes, ferns), the sporophyte, though usually becoming independent, nonetheless has early stages that are heavily dependent on the gametophyte.
Studies on Colombian cryptogams, XVIII: The genus Stereocaulon (Schreber) Hoffmann (Lichenes).
Trichomes of the root in vascular cryptogams and angiosperms.
In a later study on Devon Island, Gold and Bliss (1995) reported that the presence of cryptogams favored the success of vascular plants by increasing nutrient availability and soil temperatures and reducing soil disturbance.
In the wettest areas an understory possibly composed of vascular cryptogams was also important; meanwhile, the probably most arid or saline coastal vegetation would be Araucariaceae and Cheirolepidiaceae forests (Peyrot et al.
In the laboratory the cryptogams were soaked overnight in water and inspected for tardigrades with a dissecting microscope (Nikon SMZ-U Zoom 1:10).
A comparison between the secondary xylems of vascular cryptogams, gymnosperms, and angiosperms.
Cedar glades, in general, consist of open areas with shallow soils, with deep rock crevices and limestone or dolomite at or near the surface, with plant communities dominated by herbaceous angiosperms and/or cryptogams (Baskin & Baskin 1985; Quarterman et al.
is biased by a recurring shortcoming cryptogams are totally ignored as they are an important species richness.