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Examples of Moss species - Nonvascular plants

Let's start with a look at true plants with the mosses and worts. This image shows a lovely moss we found on a rock. These plant species are known as bryophytes. They are different from all other plant species because they do not have vascular systems to transport nutrients and water. Without this system of transport tubes, mosses and worts are destined to be very small plants. They can cover a wide area, but rarely get taller than an inch or so.

They are like other plants in that they have chloroplasts and conduct photosynthesis. Beyond the lack of a vascular system, bryophytes also lack seeds for reproduction. Mosses release spores (from stalks) into the air and when conditions are right, the spores generate new mosses.

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