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ALBINO REDWOODS

The San Perdido Trading Company is proud to offer this handsome "Sacred Order of the Albino Redwood Tree" embroidered patch. It is our salute to one of the rare natural wonders of the forests of California.  And YES: albino redwoods actually do exist. 

You may be wondering how a tree (which uses chlorophyll to turn sunlight into food) can survive with no chlorophyll (and thus having snow white or yellow needles instead of green). Simply put, it survives with the help of its neighboring redwoods; Redwood Trees (Sequoia sempervirens) have the habit of grafting their roots onto their neighbors'. This means that they share food and fluids with neighboring redwoods through their roots. In the case of a redwood which has a mutation which prevents it from creating chlorophyll, it is being fed by its neighbors.
This relationship is not entirely one-sided (not entirely parasitic): albino redwoods tend to have broken stomata (the microscopic holes plants use to exchange gasses [to …

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