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In aquatic ferns of the family Azollaceae, mucilaginous extensions of the tapetum which enclose the microspores and megaspores. In the microsporangium, a diverse number of massulae develop, each containing a number of microspores. The megaspore is enclosed by four massulae. These structures are believed to contribute to buoyancy.

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