What color comes to mind when you read the word “Plant”? Green! The green color found in many plants comes from an organelle in the plant cell called chloroplast that contains chlorophyll. This is used to convert sun energy into sugar through photosynthesis. Plants look green because that color is not used for photosynthesis and is reflected back into our eyes. But what happens when a plant does not have chlorophyll?
In New England it is common to find beech trees scattered throughout our forests. They are known for their smooth bark that people love to carve into - side note Don’t Do That. Beech trees have chlorophyll in their leaves and can photosynthesize. In the fall if you look down on the ground under their canopy you’ll find a small plant that is not green at all. It’s called a beechdrop.