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Abstract

It is shown that the response of transpiration to light is different in species from Gramineae and Cyperaceae compared to species from other families. Blue light (380–500 nm) causes both a rapid response (rise time 2 min) and a slow response (rise time 5 to 10 min) in species from these two families but induces only a slow response in other families. Red light results only in a slow response in all plants investigated.

It is hypothesized that the rapid response to blue light is due to the special anatomy and/or function of the so-called grass-like (graminaceous) stomata of plants belonging to Gramineae or Cyperaceae.