Albino Redwoods, or “ghost trees”, are very rare – there may be only 25 of them in the world. These trees lack chlorophyll and are thus unable to make their own food. They survive on the energy produced by their parent tree.
Recently, NPR produced a story on the trees. KQED has also produced a video segment on these genetic mutants.
Eight of these anomalies exist in Henry Cowell State Park in Northern California … maybe it’s time for me to take a road trip (but I’d rather never see them and know they’re safe, than to have too many people visit and ruin the trees).
via Jason Kottke