∞ generated and posted on 2016.08.30 ∞

Prominent members of plant division Bryophyta, which are non-vascular as well as non-seed-bearing plants.

Mosses are short, small plants that, as non-vascular plants, are poor at conducting water and minerals from the ground up to the higher portions of the plant. They produce neither flowers nor fruits nor pollen. Their primary means of dissemination to new locations is via airborne, haploid spores that are produced by an inconspicuous sporophyte (diploid) generation.

The preferred niche of mosses tends to be environments which periodically become quite wet. This preference is in part a consequence of the need for their flagellated sperm to travel through water in order to reach eggs located in other moss plants.

Note that division Bryophyta also includes the non-vascular plants known as liverworts and hornworts. "Wort" is a middle English word that translates variously as plant or plant part, i.e., an herb.

The following video shows the Life cycle of a moss; this is a professionally produced video :

The following video describes the life cycle of a moss: