M. Porter, Senior Executive, Master of Art, San Jose
Answered Aug 29, 2019
Although they have many similarities such as the ability to undergo photosynthesis, Algae and plants are not the same. Algae are either unicellular or multicellular. They are members of the Kingdom Protista. Algae are typically found in water, although they can be found on land as well. Algae reproduce through tiny spores or through the growth of broken pieces.
Plants are more complex multicellular organisms. Plants have their own kingdom called Kingdom Plantae. Plants are mostly found on land, they can also be found in water. Plants have true roots, stems and a well-developed vascular system.
The first thing that you have to think about is the similarities between algae and plants first. These are similar to each other in terms of their ability to undergo photosynthesis. They can produce their food so that they will thrive and grow. The apparent difference between the two is how complex they are.
Algae is considered to be very simple. They may have similar qualities to plants, but they cannot be called plants because they do not have stems, roots, or even leaves. There are two types of algae, namely the prokaryotes and the eukaryotes. Plants have all the parts that algae do not have.