• Question: What is the strangest way a plant can reproduce?

    Asked by anon-358211 on 29 Mar 2023.
    • Photo: Liz Barron-Majerik

      Liz Barron-Majerik answered on 29 Mar 2023:

      I think the way the mosses and ferns reproduce is a bit complicated and strange, though really that’s just because its a bit different. They produce a male and female gametophyte (each with ‘half’ the genes of the parent) but this form is the dominant generation in mosses – in that it is larger, long-lived, and photosynthetic. Essentially ‘the plant’.

      The diploid form (i.e. the ‘offspring’ as we would understand it, the form with ‘all the genes’) is the lesser generation – it is smaller, short lived and nutritionally dependent on the haploid form. So essentially, the baby is dependent on the egg!

    • Photo: Sam Mugford

      Sam Mugford answered on 29 Mar 2023:

      I really like this question. Having thought about it i honestly think the way that most plants reproduce is very weird indeed. Insect pollination. Imagine if thats how humans reproduced. A bee comes to visit the male reprodictive organ and in exchange for some syrup carrys away some pollen and takes it to a female reproductive organ.