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Difference between Bryophytes and Pteridophytes (Comparison Table)

Difference between Pteridophytes and Bryophytes

Bryophytes vs Pteridophytes
(Similarities and Difference between Bryophytes and Pteridophytes)

Bryophytes are most primitive land plants predominantly grow in moist and shaded places. Bryophytes are known as the Amphibians of Plant Kingdom since water is essential for the completion of their life cycle. The Bryophytes includes three groups of plants such as Liverworts, Hornworts and Mosses.

Learn more: Bryophytes General Characteristics

Pteridophytes are better known as the ‘Vascular Cryptogams’ because they possess vascular tissue for the conduction of water and food material. They occupy an intermediate position between Bryophytes and Phanerogams (seed plants).

Bryophytes and Pteridophytes are evolutionarily related and they show many similarities. The present post discusses the Similarities and Differences between Bryophytes and Pteridophytes (with a comparison table).

Similarities between Bryophytes and Pteridophytes

Ø  Both Bryophytes and Pteridophytes are land plants.

Ø  Both possess distinct Gametophytic and Sporophytic generations.

Ø  Both groups show heteromorphic alternation of generation.

Ø  Rhizoids are present in Bryophytes and Pteridophytes.

Ø  Stomata or pores are present in both groups for gaseous exchange.

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