vascular plant


: a plant having a specialized conducting system that includes xylem and phloem : tracheophyte

Examples of vascular plant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Additionally, Yosemite's rich plant life features more than 1,500 vascular plant species, including towering giant sequoias, the Yosemite bog orchid, which is only found in Yosemite National Park, beautiful blue lupine, and, at lower elevations, California poppy. Carrie Dennis, Travel + Leisure, 26 May 2024 What's more, the list is far from complete: roughly a third of all vertebrates and vascular plants in the U.S. are vulnerable to extinction, says Bruce Stein, chief scientist at the National Wildlife Federation. Robert Kunzig, Scientific American, 17 Oct. 2023 And according to the National Wildlife Federation, roughly one third of all vertebrates and vascular plants are in danger of vanishing. The Editors, Scientific American, 17 Oct. 2023 Its biodiverse ecosystem is home to 132 species of birds, 56 species of mammals, 432 species of vascular plants and 211 species of fungi, according to the WWF. Naomi Schanen, Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2023 The biodiversity of Faial is rich: 855 vascular plant species, 57 of which are endemic. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2023 There are several plants with this nickname, all tiny, floating plants such as Salvinia minima, a diminutive fern or the smallest flowering vascular plant, Wolffia spp. Jeff Lowenfels | Alaska Gardening and Growing, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Jan. 2023 The Loreto Bay National Marine Park is home to 891 species of fish, a third of the world’s whale and dolphin species, and 695 vascular plant species. Lea Lane, Forbes, 13 Mar. 2022 Within a year, an Arctic sea rocket, Surtsey’s first vascular plant, sprouted. Barry Estabrook, WSJ, 9 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of vascular plant was in 1861

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“Vascular plant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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vascular plant

: a plant having a specialized system for carrying fluids that includes xylem and phloem

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