Definition of Plant

Stephen M Jankalski CEREOID at
Thu Oct 7 21:44:59 EST 1999

Aren't organisms containing chloroplasts (whether functional or not) the
only ones considered to be plants nowadays? Excluding prokaryote bacteria
and blue-green algae, of course. Fungi, viruses, protozoans and animals
would also be excluded as well .

David Hershey <dh321 at> wrote in article
<37FD4DF3.DD1C659C at>...
> The half dozen current botany texts I have agree that the Plant Kingdom
> consists of just bryophytes and vascular plants, so I was surprised that
> the American Society of Plant Physiologists' Education Foundation's
> 'Principles of Plant Biology - Concepts For Science Education' states
> that "Plants exhibit diversity in size and shape ranging from single
> cells to gigantic trees." 
> Is there still disagreement over what organisms are included in the
> Plant Kingdom?
> David Hershey
> dh321 at

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