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Depigmentation   [ Botany ]

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  Partial or total loss of normal pigmentation; bleaching.  
A localized or general removal or loss of pigmentation (or less than normal pigmentation) that leads to pale traces or spots on an organs surfaces. Especially of chlorophyll in the leaves, and stems.

Many cultivated  
forms of plants are the result of the deficiency of  a particular pigment ( inherited or artificially induced), this is the case of many white flowering variety and cultivars (of a normally coloured blooming species) that are deficient in some pigments like anthocyanin or betalain.

Compare with: Discoloration, albinos





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