Algae Vs Bryophytes
Bryophytes are the most primitive land plants. They are immediate between aquatic and terrestrial life. Even though bryophytes are well adapted for the land life they require the presence of water for the completion of their life cycle. Most of the evolutionary biologists believe that bryophytes were originated from Algae. This belief is strongly supported by the similarities of many characters in algae and bryophytes. This post describes the similarities and major difference between algae and bryophytes.
Similarities between Algae and Bryophytes
(1). In both groups the plant body is thalloid and undifferentiated.
(2). Plant body is not differentiated into root, stem and leaves in both groups
(3). Gametophytic generation is the prominent phase in life cycle in both groups
(4). True roots are absent in both groups of algae and bryophytes
(5). Both groups are autotrophic in nutrition
(6). In both algae and bryophytes major photosynthetic pigments are chlorophyll a, b and carotenes