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Fern life Cycle

The ferns have an alternation of generations life cycle

  1. The diploid form is the dominant generation (larger, long-lived)
  2. The haploid form is the lesser generation (smaller, short lived).
From Sporangium, meiosis: spore, young gametophyte, antheridium, archegonium, (sperm and egg) to fertilization: zygote, gametophyte, new sporophyte, to Mature sporophyte ready to reproduce. The life cycle of the fern.