A Creepy Monster of the Forest: The Albino, Vampiric Redwood

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A Creepy Monster of the Forest: The Albino, Vampiric Redwood

Post by edfrank » Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:58 am

A Creepy Monster of the Forest: The Albino, Vampiric Redwood Tree

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/disco ... wood-tree/


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Organisms with albino mutations are pretty weird in general, but albino plants are extra weird.

Ultra-rare albino redwood trees completely lack the green pigment chlorophyll, which they need to live (by photosynthesizing nutrients from light). These plants are literally vampires. They are pale (everwhite instead of evergreen), and they survive by sucking the life from other trees. (Continued http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/disco ... wood-tree/)
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Re: A Creepy Monster of the Forest: The Albino, Vampiric Red

Post by James Parton » Thu Jan 27, 2011 1:08 am

Ed,

That is a very interesting article. I wonder if BVP has came upon any of these trees?

Thanks for sharing.
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