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Ch 17 Plants Colonization of Land. LM 444 . PLANT EVOLUTION AND DIVERSITY. Plants evolved from green algae Molecular, physical, and chemical evidence Indicates that green algae called charophyceans are the closest living relatives of plants. Figure 17.1A, B. Coleochate. Chara.

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Ch 17 Plants Colonization of Land

LM 444


  • Plants evolved from green algae

    • Molecular, physical, and chemical evidence

      • Indicates that green algae called charophyceans are the closest living relatives of plants

Figure 17.1A, B



  • Plants have adaptations for life on land

    • Plants are: multicellular photosynthetic eukaryotes


Reproductive structures, as in flowers,contain spores and gametes

Leaf performs photosynthesis

Cuticle covering leaves and stemsreduces water loss; stomata inleaves allow gas exchange

Stem supports plant and mayperform photosynthesis

Surrounding watersupports alga


Whole algaperformsphotosynthesis;absorbs water,CO2, andminerals fromthe water

Rootsanchor plant;absorb water andminerals fromthe soil

Holdfastanchors alga

  • Plants have some specific adaptations

    • That are not found in algae

Figure 17.2A

  • Obtaining Resources from Two Locations

    • Apical meristems

      • Are the growth-producing regions of a plant

      • Help maximize exposure to the resources in the soil and air

  • Maintaining Moisture

    • A waxy cuticle covers the stems and leaves of plants

      • And helps retain water

    • Stomata

      • Are tiny pores in leaves that allow for gas exchange

  • Plants have vascular tissue

    • Which helps distribute nutrients throughout the organism

Figure 17.2B


  • Reproducing on Land

    • Many living plants

      • Produce gametes that are encased in protective structures


Land plants

Vascular plants

Bryophytes(nonvascular plants)

Seed plants

Seedless vascular plants






Pterophytes(ferns and relatives)

Lycophytes(club mosses and relatives)

Origin of seed plants(about 360 mya)

Origin of vascular plants(about 420 mya)

Origin of land plants(about 475 mya)

  • Plant diversity reflects the evolutionary history of the plant kingdom

    • Some highlights of plant evolution

Figure 17.3A

  • Bryophytes lack vascular tissue and include

    • The mosses, hornworts, and liverworts

Figure 17.3B

  • Ferns are seedless vascular plants

    • With flagellated sperm

Figure 17.3C

  • Seedless plants dominated vast “coal forests”

    • Ferns and other seedless plants

      • Once dominated ancient forests

    • Their remains formed coal

Figure 17.7

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  • Seed plants

    • Have pollen grains that transport sperm

    • Protect their embryos in seeds

  • Gymnosperms, such as pines

    • Produce seeds in cones

Figure 17.3D

  • The seeds of angiosperms

    • Develop within protective ovaries

Figure 17.3E

  • The structure of a fruit reflects its function in seed dispersal

    • Fruits are adaptations that disperse seeds

Figure 17.11A–C

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