Consider the following statements regarding gymnosperms and choose the correct option. (i) In gymnosperms, the male and female gametophytes have an independent existence. (ii) The multicellular female gametophyte is retained within the megasporangium. (iii) The gymnosperms are heterosporous. Of these statements
A. (i) and (ii) are correct but (iii) is incorrect
B. (i) and (iii) are correct but (ii) is incorrect
C. (ii) and (iii) are incorrect but (i) is correct
D. (ii) and (iii) are correct but (i) is incorrect
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Correct Answer : D.
In gymnosperms, the male and female gametophytes never grow independently but develop within the sporophyte structures.