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  1. #1 How do non chlorophyll plants produce food 
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    How do non chlorophyll plants produce food?


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    They don't.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Twit of wit
    They don't.
    Well, in that sense, no plant anywhere produces food. (The sun is doing it), but there are some bacteria that live in places like thermal vents and manage to harvest energy from consuming chemicals that mix to create energy, or - I think- some can use heat transfer. (Not sure about the heat transfer scenario, though.)
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    All live plants contain chlorophyll, so your question is meaningless.

    Some bacteria - mainly archaea I think - use molecules other than chlorophyll, but they are not plants.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ophiolite
    All live plants contain chlorophyll, so your question is meaningless.
    You are wrong. Some parasitic plants indeed lack chlorophyll.
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    I think perhaps Kalpit is confused and thinking Mushrooms are plants.

    That being said, mushrooms eat decaying materials. How they go about doing that, perhaps someone more knowledgeable would be able to tell you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haasum
    I think perhaps Kalpit is confused and thinking Mushrooms are plants.
    Twit of wit is correct. There is at least one parasitic plant that has apparently lost the ability (or need) to produce chlorophyll.
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