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the development of a gametophyte from a sporophyte without meiosis.
Historical Examples

This phenomenon of apospory was first discovered in mosses, but is now also known in a number of ferns (see Pteridophyta).
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3 Various

(botany) development of the gametophyte from the sporophyte without the formation of spores
the development of an embryo of a flowering plant outside the embryo sac, from a cell of the nucellus or chalaza


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