plants that can grow in the dark?
vickery at MPX.COM.AU
Tue Feb 25 08:34:57 EST 1997
pmoore at music.transy.edu (Patricia Moore) wrote:
>I recieved a question today through the MAD SCIENTIST NETWORK that I
>need a bit of help on. The question that was submitted was:
>Are there any plants that can grow completely in the dark?
>If there is anyone who can help me out I would very much appreciate it!
>Thanks, Trish Moore
There are quite a few flowering plants that spend their vegetative lives in
the dark. They are either parasites or saprophytes. All the ones I know
of have their flowers in the light. The common, and spectacular, examples
in Australia are the Hyacinth Orchids of genus Dipodium. Their roots grow
saprophytically and look a bit like sweet potatoes. The inflorescences are
vaguely like hyacynths, up to a metre high, and very spectacular.
The Rafflesia genus in Malasia and Indonesia are the most spectacular examples.
bob at acsusun.acsu.unsw.edu.au
vickery at mpx.com.au
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