Definition of cryptogam in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrɪptə(ʊ)ɡam/


Botany , dated
A plant that has no true flowers or seeds, including ferns, mosses, liverworts, lichens, algae, and fungi.
Example sentences
  • The Myxomycetes represent the only group of cryptogams with species only known from the tree canopy.
  • In this subzone, herbaceous dicots, grasses, rushes, and cryptogams are dominant, and woody plants and sedges are absent.
  • Students rotated from one scientist to another, assisting with data collection, and gained insight into each scientist's particular area (wetland ecology, cryptogams, syntaxonomy, floristics, or natural history).



Pronunciation: /krɪpˈtɒɡəməs/
Example sentences
  • However, the cell walls of cryptogamous plants, such as bryophytes and pteridophytes, have received little attention, and so the peculiarities of the wall-polysaccharides in these plants have yet to be fully understood.
  • Ferns and fern allies are cryptogamous plants of the phylum Polypodiophyta.
  • Fern is a common name for the cryptogamous, or spore-producing, plants belonging to the division Filicophyta, also called Filicinophyta.


Mid 19th century: from French cryptogame, from modern Latin cryptogamae (plantae), denoting non-flowering plants, from Greek kruptos 'hidden' + gamos 'marriage' (because the means of reproduction was not apparent).

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