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Fungi And Bacteria Are Not Plants

Bacteria don’t count as plants because they are made up of only one cell. Even if they live in a colony, each organism is only one cell. Plants are complex organisms made up of many cells that have to work together.

Some people think that fungi, such as mushrooms, count as plants since they grow from the ground. While some nutritionists say that mushrooms count as vegetables for nutrition purposes, mushrooms don’t meet the criteria for plants. Why? They do not produce their own energy. They also do not reproduce with seeds, another distinction that sets them apart from plants.