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Originally Posted by dreamerofeternity

This is my view on this. I agree with Smarty C, that most plants (plants that you and I know) would NOT live long in dark (since they can't photosynthesize). They would use up the energy they have, and that's it for them.

However, if there is energy available, plants can grow for a while. For example, a seed sprouts no matter what, and the sprout doesn't have chlorophyll. But after being exposed to the light, the sprout begins to turn green and get chlorophyll. Without getting light, the sprout cannot live long, and would die in a sort of whitish yellow shade.

So growth isn't dependent on photosynthesis, but it is dependent on an energy source, and that usually is photosynthesis.
Your last statement doesn't sound right - photosynthesis is NOT an energy source. It is infact process of using energy in sunlight to convert water and carbon dioxide into carbohydrates and oxygen.
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