vascular plant


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Almost 500 vascular plant species, flowering plants, have been named in the southeastern United States over the last 50 years. John R. Platt, Scientific American, 11 July 2020 Researchers from the University of Glasgow and the University of Innsbruck recovered at least 75 species of bryophytes, non-vascular plants such as mosses and liverworts, that had been preserved in ice with Otzi. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 31 Oct. 2019 Now, a new study suggests that if present global habitat-degradation trends continue, vascular plants and invertebrates living in wildlands—from wildflowers to bees—are twice as likely to survive as their cousins dwelling in nonwilderness areas. Richard A. Lovett, Science | AAAS, 18 Sep. 2019 See More

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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 28 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

vascular plant

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

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