Are mosses tracheophytes?

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ncchemist | eNotes Employee

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Mosses are not tracheophytes.  Tracheophyte is the biological classification for vascular plants.  These are plants with cellular tissues that allow for the transport of water, nutrients, and materials from photosynthesis throughout the plant.  These vascular tissues are called the xylem and phloem.  The xylem is used primarily for water and nutrient transport, while the phloem is reserved for photosynthetic products like sugars.  "Trachea" in the word itself denotes passageways for material transport within an organism.

Mosses are different.  They are classified under the phylum bryophyta and are referred to as bryophytes.  Unlike tracheophytes, mosses do not contain any xylem or phloem tissues for internal transport.  Instead, they absorb water and nutrients directly through their leaves.  This limits bryophytes to being relatively small in size, while tracheophytes can grow much larger in comparison.

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embizze | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Mosses are not tracheophytes.

Tracheophytes are vascular plants -- they have specialized tissues to conduct water through the plant, and other specialized tissues for the products of photosynthesis.

Unlike the vascular plants, mosses do not have the specialized tissues (xylem) used to conduct water through the plant.

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sid-sarfraz | Student, Graduate | (Level 2) Salutatorian

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Tracheophytes is a biological classification for vascular plants that contains roots, stems, leaves and vascular tissues that play an important character in the photosynthesis process. These conductive tissues, xylem and phloem, transport water throughout the plant.


Mosses come in the biological classification namely, Bryophytes. These have no roots, leaves or stems. These grow in clumps near water except for salty water. These also does not contain vascular tissues for water transportation, instead they absorb water.

Therefore, Mosses are NOT tracheophytes.

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atyourservice | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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mosses are not tracheophytes because they don't have special tissues made to conduct water through the plant