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Moss in snowbank
Near the Adirondack Loj.

The brown bits are sporophytes. These are distinct individuals from the green gametophytes that support them. The multiple green stems [not really visible], however, may all be shoots of the same individual gametophyte.

Unlike flowering plants, in mosses only the sporophytes are diploid (ie, have a double set of chromosomes). The sporophytes produce haploid spores. A spore will be scattered on the wind and may grow up into a gametophyte (all the green bits). Gametophytes produce [haploid] eggs and/or sperm; the sperm swim through water to fertilize the eggs, which remain attached to the gametophyte. The fertilized embryo is diploid and grows into a sporophyte.

January 2007


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nartrebSubmitted by nartreb
on Jan 19, 2007 1:05 am

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Lat/Lon: 44.11520°N / 74.03412°W
Object Title: Moss in snowbank

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