Moss Sporophytes

Moss Sporophytes

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Caption: Polytrichum commune, showing mature moss sporophytes 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 nutirionally dependent on the gametophyte.

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Keywords: botany, bryophyta, bryophyte, capsule, development, diploid, division bryophyta, gametophyte, haploid, mature sporophytes, moss, plant, plant reproduction, polytrichum, polytrichum commune, seta, spore bearing, spore-bearing, sporophyte

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