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genotype

the genetic (allelic) makeup of an individual

germination

the beginning of growth or development of a spore or seed

haploid

having one set of chromosomes

hermaphrodite

a gametophyte containing a meristem and both antheridia and archegonia

hermaphroditic

an organism with both male and female reproductive organs

heterosporous

producing two types of spores as a result of meiotic division

heterozygous

having two different alleles at the same locus

homosporous

producing one type of spore as a result of meiotic division

homozygous

having two identical alleles at the same locus

hybrid

a combination of two different types

imbibition

absorption of fluid by physical means

incompatibility

in plants, a situation where a particular combination is not viable.

leaf

the major photosynthetic organ of vascular plants

locus

the location of a gene on a chromosome.

male

a gametophyte lacking a meristem and containing numerous antheridia

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