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Plantae

Non-Vascular Plants (Bryophytes)

- Mosses (Class Bryopsida)

KEY TO THE MOSS GENERA OF NORTH AMERICA NORTH OF MEXICO  From the Flora of North America Website. Wonderful reference for plants in general

- Liverworts (Class Hepaticopsida)

- Hornworts (Class Anthocerotopsida)


Vascular Plants (Tracheophytes)

Seedless Vascular Plants

- Ferns (Class Polypodiopsida)

- Clubmosses (Class Lycopodiopsida)

- Horsetails (Class Equisetopsida)


Seed Plants (Spermatophytes)

Gymnosperms (Naked Seeds)

- Conifers (Class Coniferopsida)

- Cycads (Class Cycadopsida)

- Ginkgo (Class Ginkgoopsida)

Ginko Biloba the only living species in the class

- Gnetophytes (Class Gnetopsida)


 Angiosperms (Flowering Plants)

- Monocots (Class Liliopsida

- Dicots (Class Magnoliopsida)


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