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Branched rhizophores of Selaginella delicatula arising from stem and producing roots at apices of ultimate branches. 2a,b. Longitudinal sections of rhizophores of Selaginella uncinata. a. Young rhizophore with tetrahedral apical cell (arrow). b. Apical portion of rhizophore where two root apical cells (arrows) are initiated inside. Scale bars = 50 11m FIG. tal stages, while the roots elongate, the distal cells of the rhizophore (calyptra) covering the roots stretch, disorganize, and finally disappear.

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