Bryophyta is a unique division of simple plants. Either the bryophytes are primitive or they are simplified evolutionary products of higher plants. There are three classes of bryophytes
Bryophytes, unlike other plants, have a life cycle
with dominant gametophyte
generation. Bryophytic sporocytes
are always dependent on the archegonium
holder) they arise from. They are further distinguished from other plant divisions by their lack of specialized vascular
tissues (e.g. xylem
There are about 16,000 species of bryophytes--mostly mosses.
^ Sporophyte capsule
| |Might be somewhat pretty
x x x The gametophyte is
x x x down here.
x x x x x x x x x x
The gametophyte feeds the sporophyte