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Why must ferns live in moist environments?

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Ferns must live in moist environments because their reproductive processes are dependent on water. Ferns are seedless, vascular plants and spore-producing specimens that are important to woodland and wetland environments.

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Living ferns primarily belong to the polypody family, and they are recognizable by their triangular leaves divided into much smaller leaflets. The primary phase of a fern's life cycle occurs when it is a sporophyte. At this phase, the fern consists of large compound leaves, or fronds. The fronds of the fern serve dual purposes; they conduct photosynthesis and contain reproductive organs. These organs release spores that need a wet surface to swim on to merge with spores of the opposite sex and reproduce.

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