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Educators at Gifted School Discover Rare Albino Redwood Tree in Oakland Hills
While preparing for an enrichment class on Redwoods, educators found a very rare botanical gem, a rare Albino Redwood tree hidden in a redwood canyon in the Oakland Hills.
The albino redwood is a rare parasitic mutation that lacks chlorophyll and is incapable of surviving without being attached to the base of a normal redwood. Currently, various researchers at major universities such as Stanford are attempting to decode the albino redwood's genetic code to understand its molecular structure. It’s believed that doing so may assist biologists in grasping mysteries about the tree’s survival that are yet to be understood.
It is estimated only 25 known specimens exist. Sworn to secrecy in deference to botanist’s age old custom of protecting rare plants, Baywood will not publicly disclose the location of this rare plant, but will use it for educational purposes and as protection for the redwood canyon whose creek they have adopted as a classroom for environmental study. “Our students want to learn one inch wide and one mile deep” said Grace Neufeld, Baywood’s director and founder. “That’s why we design enrichment workshops such as our Redwood Workshop, for students who crave in-depth and experiential learning”. www.baywoodlearningcenter.org
Headquartered in Oakland, CA, Baywood Learning Center serves the educational and emotional needs of gifted students.