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Plants

Episode 9 of 10

The nature series turns to plants and looks at the ingenious solutions that they employ to counter life's challenges, such as spring-loaded traps, suckers and claws.

Plants' solutions to life's challenges are as ingenious and manipulative as any animal's.

Innovative time-lapse photography opens up a parallel world where plants act like fly-paper, or spring-loaded traps, to catch insects. Vines develop suckers and claws to haul themselves into the rainforest canopy. Every peculiar shape proves to have a clever purpose. The dragon's blood tree is like an upturned umbrella to capture mist and shade its roots. The seed of a Bornean tree has wings so aerodynamic they inspired the design of early gliders. The barrel-shaped desert rose is full of water. The heliconia plant even enslaves a humming bird and turns it into an addict for its nectar.

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58 minutes

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Last on

Mon 19 Aug 2019 20:00

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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:46

    Julee Cruise

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Credits

Role Contributor
Narrator David Attenborough
Executive Producer Michael Gunton
Producer Neil Lucas

Broadcasts

  • Mon 7 Dec 2009 21:00
  • Mon 7 Dec 2009 22:35
  • Tue 8 Dec 2009 20:00
  • Sun 13 Dec 2009 17:30
  • Fri 18 Dec 2009 00:30
  • Tue 22 Dec 2009 00:40
  • Sat 10 Apr 2010 19:00
  • Thu 10 Jun 2010 00:00
  • Sat 4 Dec 2010 19:00
  • Sat 29 Oct 2011 19:00
  • Sat 29 Oct 2011 23:25
  • Sun 30 Oct 2011 01:50
  • Mon 19 Aug 2019 20:00