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Phyte words

David R. Hershey dh321 at PGSTUMAIL.PG.CC.MD.US
Tue Feb 27 23:38:56 EST 1996

I did not include MACROPHYTE in the list because it seemed to go with 
MICROPHYTE, which referred to bacteria or diatoms. I am not sure how 
macrophyte would be used in a Plant Kingdom which includes just 
bryophytes on up. Even the smallest flowering plant, Wolffia, is just 
visible to the naked eye. If there are no microphytes then wouldn't all 
plants would be macrophytes? 

David R. Hershey
Snail mail: 6700 Belcrest Road #112, Hyattsville, MD 20782-1398

Adjunct Professor, Biology/Horticulture Department
Prince George's Community College, Largo, MD 20772-2199

Email: dh321 at pgstumail.pg.cc.md.us

On Sun, 25 Feb 1996, Janice M. Glime wrote:

> Thank you, David, for the comprehensive list.  I did not see MACROPHYTE, a
> term used by aquatic botanists to refer to non-algae plants (I know, the
> algae are no longer considered plants).  I have occasionally seen it used
> in terrestrial ecology, but the need for the word was in the aquatic
> system.  People have had trouble dealing with Chara and its relatives,
> however, and I have seen it included with the macrophytes.
> Janice
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