BotanyThe significance of heterospory is :

The significance of heterospory is :

  1. A

    It leads to formation of monoecious gametophytes

  2. B

    It is an important step in evolution because it is a precursor of seed habit

  3. C

    It leads to the formation of dioecious sporophytes

  4. D

    It plays a role in the formation of embryo for the first time in plant kingdom

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    Solution:

    Genera like Selaginella and Salvinia which produce two kinds of spores, macro (large) and micro (small) spores, are known as heterosporous. The megaspores and microspores germinate and give rise to female and male gametophytes, respectively. The female gametophytes in these plants are retained on the parent sporophytes for variable periods. The development of the zygotes into young embryos take place within the female gametophytes. This event is a precursor to the seed habit considered an important step in evolution.

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