Image for Parasite plant

Parasite plant

Duration: 01:05

George McGavin spots one of the tiniest flowers in the world hidden on the forest floor.

As a parasitic plant, Balanophora doesn't have chlorophyll so gets all its nutrients and water from the host tree by means of a highly modified root system.

George is part of an international team of scientists, cavers and wildlife filmmakers who ventured deep into the forests of New Guinea to search for the rare and endangered creatures that live there.

Available since: Thu 3 Sep 2009

This clip is from

Lost Land of the Volcano

An international team of scientists, cavers and wildlife filmmakers explore New Guinea.

Image for Lost Land of the Volcano

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.