Chlorophyll is a strong green pigment that can appear in any part of the plant above ground. This pigment helps the plant manufacture its own energy through the capture of sunlight, a process called photosynthesis.
If the leaf has a green coloration, then the plant is working hard to produce energy, though there may be miniscule amounts of chlorophyll in areas with other predominant pigments.
Typically, leaves with strong beige, tan, or white colorations are unable to photosynthesize as efficiently due to their lack of chlorophyll. These areas of the plant may be completely unable to photosynthesis, or able to photosynthesized at a reduced rate.« Back to Glossary Index