- the female reproductive organ in ferns, mosses, etc.
Origin of archegonium
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They are also positively chemotactic to the watery extract from archegonia.The Organism as a Whole
By dissecting the young buds, archegonia in all stages of growth may be found.
The archegonia (Fig. 61) should be looked for in the younger plants in the neighborhood of those that bear capsules.
The archegonia have a shorter neck than those of the ferns, and the neck is straight.
The reproductive organs borne by the thallus or plant are called antheridia and archegonia, and serve for sexual reproduction.
- a female sex organ, occurring in mosses, spore-bearing vascular plants, and gymnosperms, that produces a single egg cell in its swollen base
C19: from New Latin, from Greek arkhegonos original parent, from arkhe- chief, first + gonos seed, race
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- The egg-producing organ occurring in bryophytes (such as mosses and liverworts), ferns, and most gymnosperms. The archegonium is a multicellular, often flask-shaped structure that contains a single egg. Compare antheridium.
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