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Introduction to Parasitic Flowering Plants

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sources other than their own photosynthesis is ..

A. Some parasitic plants lack chlorophyll entirely and steal the products of photosynthesis from their green hosts, said Susan K. Pell, director of science at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Other plants, like a red-leafed tree, have plenty of chlorophyll, but the molecule is masked by another pigment.

are green with fully formed leaves

Non-green leaves without chlorophyl: There are leaves that don't appear green because they have no chlorophyl, and so do not conduct photosynthesis. (See, for instance, parasitic plants like the Oronbanche linked by Cactuswoman or this Monotropa)


Technically, all mistletoe species are hemiparasites, because they do perform at least a little photosynthesis for at least a short period of their life cycle.

All photosynthesis reaction does need chlorophyll,even in cyanobacteria and algae the difference is the type of chlorophyll ( which depends on available wavelength of light and energy efficiency ) fully parasite plants on the other hand doesn't contain chlorophyll and this force them to live as parasites ( keep in mind that we do have half parasitic plants too,which their problem is lack of roots,they do photosynthesis just like other plants ) plants with non-green leafs does contain chlorophyll in some cases even more than green plants ( in my own experience berberis which is a red to alizarin crimson violet shade has more chlorophyll than a greek lettuce) the other pigments are working as helping energy harvesters in photosynthetic reactions, light/shade controllers or simply a survival strategic materials in answer to climate changes,habitat problems and environmental stresses

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