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Holly with sucker lacking chlorophyll

Observed: 24th December 2009 By: Blewit Boy
Cardiff Naturalists' Society
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Description:

in mixed beech and coniferous woodland.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Holly (Ilex aquifolium) interacts

Comments

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A white holly. Amazing!

A white holly. Amazing! I wonder whether this is a mutation in the chloroplast that stops them producing chlorophyll. This happens in parasitic plants. This shoot must be living parasitically on the main stem of the tree.

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)