Albino Redwoods, Ghosts of the Forest

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KQED’s QUEST program spotlighted the rare albino redwood trees of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Here’s their well-produced video featuring the History Dude, Sandy Lydon, and Henry Cowell docent and Mountain Parks Foundation Board Member, Dave Kuty (view additional photos taken by Dave here).

 

QUEST on KQED Public Media.

 

Pale ghosts that hide amid their gigantic siblings, only a few dozen albino redwood trees are known to exist. They are genetic mutants that lack the chlorophyll needed for photosynthesis. But how and why they survive is a scientific mystery. QUEST ventures into the deep canopy of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park near Felton, California to track down these elusive phantoms of the forest.