Vascular plants (frae Laitin vasculum: duct), cried tracheophytes (frae the equivalent Greek term trachea) or heicher plants an aa, furm a lairge group o plants that are defined as those land plants that hae lignified tishies (the xylem) for conductin watter an minerals throughoot the plant. Thay forby hae a specialised non-lignified tishie (the phloem) tae conduct products o photosynthesis. Vascular plants include the clubmosses, horsetails, ferns, gymnosperms (includin conifers) an angiosperms (flouerin plants). Scienteefic names for the group include Tracheophyta[5] an Tracheobionta.[6]

Vascular plants
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SilurianHolocene,[3] 425–0 Ma[4]
Scientific classification e
Kinrick: Plantae
Clade: Embryophytes
Clade: Polysporangiophytes
Clade: Tracheophytes
Sinnott, 1935[1] ex Cavalier-Smith, 1998[2]
† Extinct


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  6. "ITIS Standard Report Page: Tracheobionta". Retrieved 20 September 2013.