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    What causes Sarracenia to lose their red color (Anthocyanins)?

    For example, S. Purpurea ssp Purpurea ---> S. Purpurea ssp Purpurea hetereophylla.

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    Genetics. If the anthocyanin-producing gene(s) are recessive, no anthocyanins will be produced. How it ever came about in the first place, probably a mutation.

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    Then what causes the top of the S. Leucophylla to be white? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif[/img]

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    Genetics again. The same reasons why some people have black hair, some people have red. Incidently, the white areoles are incapable of photosynthesis, so it's a trade off between attracting insects and producing energy from the sun.
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    Well, they could photoshentasise to a very limited degree as clorophyll is not absolutely necesary for photoshenthesis,clorophyll just speeds up the process,but the amount of photosynthesis taking place without clorophyll can not sustain a plant. btw clorphyll is a catalyst speeding up the conversion of minerals,carbon dioxide,and water.
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