Friday, February 11, 2011

"Albino Redwoods"

KQED:

Albino redwood trees lack chlorophyll. Their needles are limp and waxy. They’re the exact color of a glow-in-the-dark star you’d find in a kid’s bedroom.

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Without chlorophyll, they can’t convert sunlight into energy. The only reason they survive at all is because they are sprouts from an adult tree, connected at the root. So, for their entire lives, they suck energy from that mother tree.

They’re parasites,”