Reproduction in Ferns

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The life cycle of a fern is beautiful and a little complex, but can be learnt with the aid of diagrams. The fern has two life stages – a tiny, haploid phase (the gametophyte – n) and a diploid phase (the sporophyte – 2n), which is the obvious and recognisable plant.

Diagram of the Life Cyle of a Fern and another diagram from David Nelson. Student tutorial about the fern life cycle. Fern life cycle clearly showing haploid and diploid phases.

Print out a Life cycle of a Fern diagram here: life-cycle-of-a-fern-diagram


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