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Term: sporophyte
Origin: Anc Greek
σπόρος(=seed) > (=sow,)
φυτό/phyto(=plant) > φύω/phyo(=germinate)
literally means "spore-bearing»

note: the name of the classical Greek  city Σπάρτη/Sparta is derived also from word σπείρω/spearo (=disperse) due to many villages around of Sparta’s region.

Originally German biologist and botanist Wilhelm Hofmeister (1824-1877) demonstrate the two phases in the life cycle of mosses and liverworts in 1851. Few years later in 1868 Czech botanist Ladislav Josef Čelakovský (1834 –1902) coined the terms gametophyte and sporophyte

The sporophyte is a the asexual phase of the life cycle of a plant and some algae that exhibits a double set of chromosomes. In the sporophyte phase, a diploid plant body grows and eventually produces spores through meiosis. The first cell in a sporophyte generation is the diploid zygote, while the first cell in the gametophyte stage (the sexual phase of life cycle)  is the haploid spore.

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