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Fern Allies

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  • This section covers the other much more obscure, but evolutionary important, divisions of the 'fern allies'.

  • These plants have a long fossil record, and are usually thought of as the most primitive of all vascular plants.

  • They differ from ferns by lacking the large leaf-like fronds, and by the fact that the spore-containing sporangia are found on the terminal ends of the leaf rather than on the underside, as in most fern species (Jackes and Cairns 2001).

  • Back in the Carboniferous period, even before the dinosaurs, some species in these groups grew as large as trees, and often comprised the dominant vegetation.

  • Today they are found all over the world, but only as small obscure species.

Script: Courtesy of  Damon Ramsey BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide

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