EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Botany the form of a plant in the alternation of generations that produces asexual spores. Origin of sporophyte
First recorded in
-phyte Related forms spo·ro·phyt·ic , [spawr- uh- fit-ik, spohr-] /ˌspɔr əˈfɪt ɪk, ˌspoʊr-/ adjective
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In contrast to the sexual generation this stage is called the spore-bearing generation (sporogonium,
Thus in Pellia the nuclei of the gametophyte have eight chromosomes and those of the
Sporophyte bearing the single sporangium on its upper surface.
sporophyte may be considered to begin at the stage of nuclear association and end with the nuclear reduction in the basidium. British Dictionary definitions for sporophyte noun the diploid form of plants that have alternation of generations. It develops from a zygote and produces asexual spores Compare gametophyte Derived Forms sporophytic ( ˌspɔːrəˈfɪtɪk, ˌspɒ-), adjective
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Word Origin and History for sporophyte n.
from comb. form of Greek
spora "spore" (see spore) + -phyte.
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Among organisms which display an alternation of generations (such as plants, fungi, and certain algae), the individual diploid organism that produces spores. A sporophyte develops from an embryo resulting from the union of two gametes. Each of its cells has two sets of chromosomes, as opposed to the haploid gametophyte generation. See more at alternation of generations gametophyte.
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