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No one knows exactly how many albino redwoods there are in the world, but their snow-white needles are unmistakable. These "ghosts of the forest" lack chlorophyll, and receive nutrients from a parent redwood tree. 
A dual exhibition at Kew Botanical Gardens features Plants in Peril and Losing Paradise, showing illustrations of endangered plants through the world. The exhibition closes March 18, 2012, so go see it if you can!
The state of Minnesota has 43 species of native orchids. Its rarest orchid is called the Queen's Lady Slipper, which reigns in the state's bogs and damp woods. 
An exhibit at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh documents the success of a project called extInked. A social experiment and an ecological initiative, the project paired one hundred of the country's threatened flora, fauna, and fungi with volunteers that would become ambassadors for their species, with a tattoo to prove it. 
Paris japonica has the largest genome—the most DNA—of any organism, flora or fauna. The rare plant's genome is 50 times longer than humans, though a long genome isn't always a good thing for a species.