Friday, May 29, 2009

Ghost Plant

This plant has a genetic mutation that turns chlorophyll production off, so it lacks the green coloration provided by chlorophyll. It has been using the food that was stored in the seed to grow this far, but soon, it will need more and be unable to make any due to its lack of chlorophyll, so it will die. It is eerily beautiful, silvery white and ghostlike, now, but soon it will be brown and food for the forest floor decomposers. Such is the fate of mutations that lessen the ability of an organism to function. This mutation that happens constantly and commonly in the natural world is one of the key steps in the process of evolution.

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