Indian Pipe and Photosynthesis
Date: Monday, December 02, 2002
I am doing a paper over Indian Pipes. Every site that I
have been to says that they do not go through photosynthesis, and that
they do not have chlorophyll. However, one of the questions that I am
supposed to answer, asks how they capture light energy to complete
processes like photosynthesis. I am having trouble finding the answer to
this question. I would appreciate your help. Thank you, Britt
You have found correct information, indian pipes are flowering plants that
do not have chlorophyll and do not produce sugar by photosynthesis. Like
other living things that do not photosynthesise (animals, fungi, etc.), they
use nutrients that were created by some other organism by photosynthesis.
Indian pipes (members of the genus Monotropa) do not have chlorophyll, are
not photosynthetic, but instead are parasitic.
The following might be helpful:
Anthony R. Brach, Ph.D.
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