plants that can grow in the dark?

DR_GROSS gross at georgian.edu
Mon Feb 24 10:11:47 EST 1997


          The achlorophyllous, saprophytic or mycotrophic plants,
          such as Indian Pipe or Pinesap (dicots of the genus
          Monotropa), or some of the shoot parasitic plants like
          Dodder, should be able to grow in the dark as long as
          their food source was present.  They might not be able to
          complete their life cycle, however, if dependent on light
          cues for certain processes, such as flowering, or are
          dependent on pollinators active during the day.

          Mike Gross
          Assoc Prof Biology
          Chairperson, Biology Dept
          Georgian Court College
          Lakewood, NJ  08701
          gross at georgian.edu
          http://www.georgian.edu/biology/gross/bi_gross.htm




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