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The life cycle of the fig tree
The fig tree depends on birds and insects to help it grow and reproduce. Pollination occurs as fig seed is scattered by the hornbills who eat the fig fruit and excrete the seeds as they fly. The 'strangling' fig tree develops by seeding in the bark of another tree, gradually growing roots until it eventually kills off the host tree. Wasps live inside the fig fruit, living out their own reproductive cycle and carrying pollen from one tree to another. This clip is published as part of the BBC Wildlife Finder where you can find further clips and resources on this subject - bbc.co.uk/wildlifefinder/. Please note these clips are only available in Flash and run at a higher bit rate than other videos on Class Clips - they may require a higher broadband connection speed to play correctly.
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