What Is a Nonvascular Plant?


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A nonvascular plant is a bryophyte that does not have vascular tissue for the transport of water and other nutrients. The three types of bryophytes are mosses, liverworts and hornworts. These bryophytes do not have xylem and phloem, which are the transport tissues for nutrients.

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These small plants grow on forest floors. However, they do not have true roots but instead have rhizoids. Bryophytes also do not have seeds or flowers. They can reproduce by either sexual or asexual means, but they do need water to reproduce.

Bryophytes are found in moist regions. Mosses are green and waxy in appearance. They reproduce through spores. Liverworts and hornworts are the simplest of the bryophytes and tend to grow flat on the ground surface.

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