Car"po*phyte (?), n. [Gr. fruit + plant.] Bot.
A flowerless plant which forms a true fruit as the result of fertilization, as the red seaweeds, the Ascomycetes, etc.
The division of alge and fungi into four classes called Carpophytes, Oophytes, Protophytes, and Zygophytes (or Carposporeae, Oosporeae, Protophyta, and Zygosporeae) was proposed by Sachs about 1875.
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