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Why are some leaves not green?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 30, 2012 3:00:00 PM / by PeruNature.com posted in leaves, botany, ecology, plants

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While walking around the rainforests of Tambopata you will see some leaves that don’t seem to belong amongst their green brethren- some of these leaves can be blue, purple, red, pink, or even white. 

Leaves are green because they absorb most other colors in their chlorophyll and harvest that light for energy; the unabsorbed green bounces away and is detected by our eyes. So, for a leaf to be of another color, it usually is sacrificing energy absorption for something else. 

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