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A structure, as in liverworts and mosses, on which gametangia are borne.

ga·me′to·phor′ic adj.
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(Botany) the part of a plant that bears the reproductive organs
gaˌmetoˈphoric adj
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(gəˈmi təˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr, ˈgæm ɪ-)

a structure of plants that encloses gametangia.
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Noun1.gametophore - a modified branch bearing gametangia as in the thalloid liverworts
reproductive structure - the parts of a plant involved in its reproduction
antheridiophore - gametophore bearing antheridia as in certain mosses and liverworts
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Against such a simple interpretation, Celakovsky classified the production of a leafy gametophore from a moss protonema as an alternation of homologous shoots.
The protonemal stages exhibit tip growth and an axially oriented system of microtubules, whereas the three dimensional gametophores exhibit growth from an apical cell/meristem and have cells with hooplike cortical arrays and PPBs prior to mitotic cell division (Doonan et al., 1987; Doonan & Duckett, 1988).
The length and width of gametophores, as well as the diameter of the gametangia were clearly different for both species.