A sporophyte (/ s p ɔː r oʊ ˌ f aɪ t /) is the diploid multicellular stage in the life cycle of a plant or alga. It develops from the zygote produced when a haploid egg cell is fertilized by a haploid sperm and each sporophyte cell therefore has a double set of chromosomes, one set from each parent.
The adult gametophyte of mosses is called the gametophore as it carries the gamete-producing sex organs. In most other land plants, the gametophyte is very small. In ferns the gametophyte is a free living organism called the prothallus, in contrast to angiosperms.
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Sep 24, 2010 · The mature fern plant is the sporophyte structure that produces spores, which are released from sporangia. The mature fern plant consists of three major parts – the rhizome, the fronds and the sporangia. The mature fern plant is the sporophyte structure that produces spores, which are released from sporangia.