Spore-bearing plants

Polysporangiophytes, also called polysporangiates or formally Polysporangiophyta, are a type of plant. The sporophyte of these plants have branching stems (axes).These stems have sporangia. The name means many sporangia plant. The clade includes all land plants (embryophytes) except for the bryophytes (liverworts, mosses and hornworts). The sporophytes f those plants are normally unbranched.[1]

Temporal range: Llandovery or Wenlock to Recent
Reconstruction of Aglaophyton, illustrating bifurcating axes with terminal sporangia, and rhizoids.
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Embryophytes
Clade: Polysporangiophytes
Kenrick & Crane (1997)

References change

  1. Harrison, C. Jill; Morris, Jennifer L. (2017). "The origin and early evolution of vascular plant shoots and leaves". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 373 (1739): 20160496. doi:10.1098/rstb.2016.0496. PMC 5745332. PMID 29254961.