One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of an alga or other lower plant) having a life cycle in which full-grown haploid and diploid forms alternate.
- ‘Among these groups there are three distinctly different life-histories: haplontic, diplontic, and diplohaplontic.’
- ‘Most species are diplohaplontic, with an alternation of free-living generations.’
- ‘Other general features include an isomorphic diplohaplontic life history and asexual reproduction in some genera from distinctively shaped vegetative propagules.’
- ‘Sporic life cycles are sometimes called diplohaplontic, indicating that both diploid and haploid free-living stage occur.’
- ‘Mosses have a sporic (diplohaplontic) life cycle that is oogamous, and may represent the link between thallophytes (flat, stemless and rootless plants such as liverworts) and cormophytes (plants with distinct leaves, stems, and roots).’
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