cryp·​to·​phyte | \ˈkriptəˌfīt\
plural -s

Definition of cryptophyte 

: a plant that produces its buds underwater or underground on corms, bulbs, or rhizomes

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Other Words from cryptophyte

cryptophytic \ ¦⸗⸗¦fitik \ adjective

First Known Use of cryptophyte

1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cryptophyte

probably from French, from crypt- + -phyte

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