Botanic Notables: Albino Redwoods

April 20, 2012
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If you wander long enough in California's redwood forests—long enough to believe that the color spectrum has been condensed into infinite shades of greens and browns—you might stumble on an anomalous patch of white. Little clouds of the forest floor, they lurk in the understory, affixed to the feet of redwoods. Scientists are fascinated by them. Some call them ghost trees, others compare them to vampires. Most will agree that albino redwoods are, at the very least, curious parasites.