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Seed gliders

Duration: 01:25

The football sized pod of the alsomitra is packed full with hundreds of extraordinary seeds. Each is an almost aerodynamically perfect glider that can be supported by the lightest of wings, allowing it to be carried hundreds of metres away.

Once it hits the ground, the wings rot away and the seed starts to germinate. A new alsomitra vine starts to grow up the canopy into the light, well away from its parent.

Available since: Thu 3 Dec 2009


David Attenborough
Neil Lucas
Executive Producer
Michael Gunton

This clip is from

Life Plants

9/10 A look at plants and the ingenious and manipulative ways they counter life's challenges.

First broadcast: 07 Dec 2009

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