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There is a piece of plant, (stem and leaves) that appears to be albino. The stem is light pink and the leaves are completely white with pink veins. I have never heard of this, how did this happen, has it been observed before?
 
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This can happen for a number of reasons- for example, Asparagus is grown in darkness to produce the white asparagus you see in jars. I think it's pretty silly.

Plants can also lighten due to nutritional deficiency, bacterial or viral infection, or genetic randomness.

There's also Bunnicula.

You should post a photo!
 
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Thanks! it may be a bacterial infection, or even a mutation! Here is a picture of the "albino" cutting against the rest of the plant
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And here is a picture of a section of crushed leaf under my microscope on medium power.
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I had this happen in one of my indoor Pinot Noir vines this winter. The others sprouted green, but one sprouted dead white. Weirdest thing ever. It eventually filled in some chlorophyll but when I put it outside the UV fried it.
 
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I think that may be the normal new growth color for a variegated hoya.
 
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