Mitosis: Telophase

The final stage of mitosis is telophase (Fig. 7). A nuclear envelope will form around each bundle of chromosomes. The cell will undergo cytokinesis and the cytoplasm is split between the two identical daughter cells. Cell membranes (and cell walls in plants) form between the two cells. The chromosomes begin to decondense. They loosen up and spread around the nucleus because they no longer will need to move around. The new cells have now begun their lifecycle.

Figure 7. Telophase of Mitosis. Two cells produced from one call. (Image by Marjorie Hanneman.)