Moss sporophyte

Moss sporophyte

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Caption: Dicranum moss, showing mature sporophyte growing up out of the haploid gametophytes. The gametophyte generation is the haploid, green, photosynthesizing, leafy part of the plant. The spore-producing sporophyte is nutritionally dependent on the gametophyte.

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