The Dracula orchid produces via pollination, like all flowering plants, or angiosperms. Because the Dracula orchid is a land plant, it undergoes an alternation of generations life cycle. An alternation of generations life cycle is define by having both sporophyte and gametophyte adult multi-cellular organisms. This life cycle is called alternation of generations because it undergoes both asexual and sexual reproductive stages.  The diagram below shows how this process works:

  First, the multi-cellular diploid (2n or 2 sets of chromosomes) sporophyte produces haploid (n or a single set of chromosomes) spores via meiosis. There are two types of spores, megaspores, which grow into female gametophytes and microspores, which grow into male gametophytes. The male gametophyte produces sperm and the female gametophyte produces eggs. The egg and the sperm then unite. This is called fertilization. Fertilization creates a diploid embryo, which grows into the sporophyte, and the cycle then repeats.

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