Cryp"to*gam(kr?p"t?-g?m), n. [Cf. F. cryptogame. See Cryptogamia.] (Bot.) A plant belonging to the Cryptogamia. Henslow.
The subdivisions have been variously arranged. The following arrangement recognizes four classes: --
I. Pteridophyta, or Vascular Acrogens. These include Ferns, Equiseta or Scouring rushes, Lycopodiace or Club mosses, Selaginelle, and several other smaller orders. Here belonged also the extinct coal plants called Lepidodendron, Sigillaria, and Calamites.
II. Bryophita, or Cellular Acrogens. These include Musci, or Mosses, Hepatic, or Scale mosses and Liverworts, and possibly Charace, the Stoneworts.
III. Alg, which are divided into Floride, the Red Seaweeds, and the orders Dictyote, Ospore, Zospore, Conjugat, Diatomace, and Cryptophyce.
IV. Fungi. The molds, mildews, mushrooms, puffballs, etc., which are variously grouped into several subclasses and many orders. The Lichenes or Lichens are now considered to be of a mixed nature, each plant partly a Fungus and partly an Alga.
Cryp*to"gam*ous(#) } a. Of or pertaining to the series Cryptogamia, or to plants of that series.
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