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 (spər-măt′ə-fīt′, spûr′mə-tə-)
sper·mat′o·phyt′ic (-fĭt′ĭk) adj.
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(ˈspɜːmətəʊˌfaɪt) or


(Plants) (in traditional classifications) any plant of the major division Spermatophyta, which includes all seed-bearing plants: an angiosperm or a gymnosperm. Former name: phanerogam
spermatophytic adj
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(spɜrˈmæt əˌfaɪt)

also spermophyte

any seed-bearing plant, including any of the gymnosperms or angiosperms, sometimes considered as constituting the division Spermatophyta (or Spermophyta).
[1895–1900; < New Latin Spermotophyta; see spermato-, -phyte]
sper•mat`o•phyt′ic (-ˈfɪt ɪk) adj.
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A plant that produces seeds, such as a conifer or flowering plant.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spermatophyte - plant that reproduces by means of seeds not sporesspermatophyte - plant that reproduces by means of seeds not spores
seedling - young plant or tree grown from a seed
balsam - any seed plant yielding balsam
gymnosperm - plants of the class Gymnospermae having seeds not enclosed in an ovary
angiosperm, flowering plant - plants having seeds in a closed ovary
tracheophyte, vascular plant - green plant having a vascular system: ferns, gymnosperms, angiosperms
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In this work, special importance was given to Charophyta, the only non- spermatophyte included in this study.
The YABBY genes originating from the lineage leading to seed plants are identified in various green spermatophyte plant species; they are closely associated with the evolutionary emergence of flat-shaped leaves and are presumably diversified during evolution, which resulted in the appearance of family members with specific functions in the leaf, carpel, and ovule [8, 18-20].
Homeier and Werner [20] estimate that the RBSF harbours some 1500-1700 species of seed plants, or about 10% of the entire spermatophyte flora of Ecuador.
Sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) otherwise known as beniseed in Nigeria belongs to the division Spermatophyte and family Pedaliacea is believed to have originated from tropical Africa [1].
Most reproductive structures on spermatophyte species are ephemeral, which precludes any opportunity for termites to consume the structures.
Other megafossils recovered include an odontocete, an unidentified bird, algal remains, and terrestrial spermatophyte leaves (L.
The agency's latest Red Data Book listed 1,665, or 24%, of 7,000 kinds of spermatophyte and pteridophyte in Japan in the category, agency officials said, noting the figure was 20%, or 1,400 varieties, in the previous version released in 1997.
Spermatophyte flora of Yinggeling Mountain, Hainan.
(1) Department of Biology, Research Group Spermatophytes, Ghent University, K.L.
Since endophytes were first described in the Darnel (Lolium temulentum) (37), they have been isolated from various organs of different plant species, above ground tissues of liverworts, hornworts, mosses, lycophytes, equisetopsids, ferns, and spermatophytes from the tropics to the arctic, and from the wild to agricultural ecosystems (38) and to date, all plant species studied have been found to harbour at least one endophyte (14).
Various Spermatophytes mostly from the Capatin Marshall Field expeditions to Peru.