Friday, December 15, 2006

It’s A White Christmas In The Redwoods

HUMBOLDT, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – California may be hot, but that’s not stopping folks in Humboldt, California, from having a white Christmas.

That’s because the Humboldt Redwoods State Park boasts six rare, white-coated albino redwoods that are bringing the Christmas spirit into the dark, muggy forest.

According to park spokesman Dave Stockton, the odd white trees sprout as albinos because they’re missing a chlorophyll gene that other redwoods possess.

He says the albino redwoods have no roots of their own and attach themselves to other redwoods in order to grow.

Stockton adds, “There are only two dozen of these in the U.S., so this forest is lucky.”

He says the “forest ghosts” are about 45 feet tall and are scattered within eight miles of one another in the dark, deeper areas of the forest and tend to really surprise hikers.

Says Stockton:“The trees are so white compared to the rest of the forest, they actually glow. People stop in their tracks when they see them.”

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