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CLIP 10553

Pollination of the Elephant Yam plant by beetles

Pollination of the Elephant Yam plant by beetles

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Key Info
  • Pollination of the Elephant Yam plant by beetles
  • Duration: 03:50
  • The Elephant Yam plant tricks beetles into pollinating it. The flower releases an odour of rotting flesh at night as it increases in temperature. Beetles are attracted to this odour and fall inside the flower where they are trapped until the plant releases pollen. The beetles are then released to carry this pollen to another plant. This clip was first created on the Planet Earth website: Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    Bio: Plants - Growth and Reproduction

  • Keywords: pollen, pollinate, fertilise, stamen, beetle, flower, China
Ideas for use in class
  • To illustrate the extent to which plants have evolved to use animals to aid pollination. A discussion of the plant's adaptations could follow.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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