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closeup of moss with little stems poking up with rounded brown heads like matches

Sphagnum moss with spores standing up

Wander around your back yard or a park until you find a fern. Look at the underside of one of the leaves. There are the spores! Walk around a little more unti you find some moss. Do you see tall thin sticks poking up out of the moss? Those are spores too.

What is a spore?

Bibliography and further reading about spores:

Plant reproduction
Pine trees
Flowering plants
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