The fern pictured above is a sporophyte and growing on it’s leaves are spores. Spores are a part of the asexual cycle of plants like ferns. Spore producing plants are even more ancient than common seed baring plants. Spores are produced by mature sporophytes, which then develop into gametophytes, which are the sexual part of the ferns life cycle.The gametophyte will sexually reproduce, and the offspring will become sporophytes and the cycle continues.


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