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Dr Leon Perrie

Spores are released into the wind. If those spores happen to land somewhere suitable they will grow into what is called a gametophyte and that is a whole separate individual plant. Its very tiny, maybe the size of your fingernail, and it’s just like a little, thin, small green plate. What that does is it will produce the sex cells, the eggs and the sperm.

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Micrograph of spore, Australasian Pollen & Spore Atlas, Creative Commons 3.0