Why are plants green?

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Offline Eric A. Taylor

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Why are plants green?
« on: 07/04/2010 23:07:33 »
If you clicked this to answer "Because they contain chlorophyll" I already know that. The blue/green side of the rainbow contained a lot more energy than the red/yellow side, yet plants reflect reflect this higher energy light away. Some plants are red, like the Japaneses Maple so I know it's POSSIBLE for plants to be red. I'd just like to know why most plants evolved to be green. It seems to me that reed plants would have an advantage, being able to harvest more energy from limited sunlight.
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Why are plants green?
« Reply #2 on: 15/04/2010 10:41:37 »
Plants appear green because their cells contain chloroplasts,which don't absorb green light very well.