sporophyte

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sporo- +‎ -phyte.

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sporophyte (plural sporophytes)

  1. (botany) A plant (or the diploid phase in its life cycle) which produces spores by meiosis in order to produce gametophytes.
    • 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page 4
      (b) sporophyte with foot reduced, the entire sporophyte enveloped by the calyptra, which is ± stipitate at the base.

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