[Taxacom] monoecious/dioecious in plant descriptions
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Mon Dec 5 14:43:25 CST 2011
On 12/5/2011 9:18 AM, Richard Jensen wrote:
> I don't see the problem. While we know that sporophytes produce spores
> (asexual reproduction), we also know that those spores develop into
> either male or female gametophytes. To describe a sporophyte as
> unisexual simply means that it produces either male or female
> gametophytes, but not both.
Few botanists see the problem, but around 20% of undergraduates do,
especially those who have encountered plants in horticultural settings
and find their understanding shaken. I'm not saying the world should
change to make my job easier; it's just something I'm opinionated about.
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