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(ˌspɔːrəʊˈɡəʊnɪəm; ˌspɒ-)
n, pl -nia (-nɪə)
(Botany) the sporophyte of mosses and liverworts, consisting of a spore-bearing capsule on a short stalk that arises from the parent plant (the gametophyte)
ˌsporoˈgonial adj


(ˌspɔr əˈgoʊ ni əm, ˌspoʊr-)

n., pl. -ni•a (-ni ə)
the sporangium of mosses and liverworts.
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Scott's skepticism about the derivation of a pteridophyte sporophyte from a bryophyte sporogonium was widely shared.
Their disagreement was not about the nature of this algal ancestor but about the morphological interpretation of the sporophyte (as something new or something modified) and about the evolutionary relationship between the 'parasitic' sporogonium of bryophytes and the free-living sporophyte of pteridophytes.
This lends ferns the option that their diplonts breaking through the archegonia will directly contact the soil what is impossible for the sporogonium of bryophytes (Figs.