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  • Rights: University of Waikato
    Published 24 September 2010, Updated 5 April 2018 Referencing Hub media

    Released spores grow into a gametophytes – very small heart-shaped structures.


    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. It’s 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.

    Video: © University of Waikato
    Micrograph of spore, Australasian Pollen & Spore Atlas, Creative Commons 3.0

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