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The Bryophytes are the most elementary of the land plants and include the three groups, Anthocerotophyta commonly known as the hornworts, Hepaticophyta (Marchantiophyta) commonly known as the liverworts and Bryophyta commonly known as the mosses. They are distinguished from other plants by their persistent reproductive structures, the gametophytes, the short threads or rhizoids with which they anchor themselves to the ground and the fact that their motile sperm cells must swim to the egg, held in a flask-shaped organ in the gametophyte, through a fluid-filled protective tube of cells.


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