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A Creepy Monster of the Forest: The Albino, Vampiric Redwood Tree. Organisms with albino mutations are pretty weird in general, but albino plants are extra weird.

A Creepy Monster of the Forest: The Albino, Vampiric Redwood Tree

Ultra-rare albino redwood trees completely lack the green pigment chlorophyll, which they need to live (by photosynthesizing nutrients from light). These plants are literally vampires. They are pale (everwhite instead of evergreen), and they survive by sucking the life from other trees. These vampires remain attached to the roots of their healthy, normal, parent trees (coastal redwoods can reproduce asexually by sprouting new shoots from roots or stumps), and survive by sucking energy from them.

They can keep this up for a century. “Albinism is a genetic mutation that prevents cells from producing pigment. Only about 25 of these trees are known to exist around the world, eight of which are at Henry Cowell State Park in California, where rangers and researchers from Stanford University and UC Santa Cruz are studying them, as KQED explains: Their needles are limp and waxy. 15 House Plants You Can Use As Air Purifiers.

Posted by admin on Thursday, February 18, 2010 · 68 Comments Here are 15 plants that could clean your air for just the price of a few drops of water each day.

15 House Plants You Can Use As Air Purifiers

First lets check some of the evidence behind the claim that plants can purify your household air: 1. NASA Research A NASA research document came to the conclusion that “house plants can purify and rejuvenate air within our houses and workplaces, safeguarding us all from any side effects connected with prevalent toxins such as formaldehyde, ammonia and also benzene.”

Here are the results of the NASA research study: Source 2. In another study made in 1996, a bedroom with no plants had 50% more colonies of airborne microbes than a room which contained houseplants. Source 3. During a laboratory experiment in 1985, Dr. 4. In another laboratory study by Dr. Removal of Formaldehyde from Sealed Chambers for Plants Grown in Potting Soil Source.5 1. Buy Areca Palm Tree 2. Buy Lady Palm Read more… Top 10 Most Dangerous Plants in the World. 1. Most likely to eat a rat Giant Pitcher Plant: Nepenthes attenboroughii Discovered more than 5000 feet above sea level on Mount Victoria in the Philippines, the giant, carnivorous pitcher plant secretes a nectar-like substance to lure unsuspecting prey into a pool of enzymes and acid. A series of sticky, downward ribs makes it nearly impossible for trapped prey to escape.

The plant's 30-centimeter diameter is large enough to trap unlucky rodents, but insects are its most common meal. 2. Castor Bean Plant: Ricinus communis Castor-bean plants can be purchased at just about any garden center, despite containing the deadly poison ricin. 3. Western Water Hemlock: Cicuta douglasii Deemed the most "violently toxic plant that grows in North America" by the USDA, the water hemlock contains the toxin cicutoxin, which wreaks havoc on the central nervous system, causing grand mal seizures--which include loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions--and eventually death, if ingested.