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Title David Attenborough: Kingdom Of Plants - Survival - Ep 3 Of 3 / Director: Williams, Martin
Published Australia : ABC, 2012
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Summary David Attenborough discovers the plants that have evolved to shed their dependency on water enabling them to survive in the driest environments.The story begins at midnight in midsummer as David steps into the Princess of Wales Conservatory to witness the extraordinary nocturnal blooming of a cactus. The queen of the night, with its giant flowers, is the centre piece of a stunning symphony of cacti blooms that burst open in the desert (and at Kew) at night. We discover the extraordinary connections between cacti and their natural pollinators: bats.As the sun rises, David finds other amazing plants. Species like the century plant, the Agave franzosini, which grows steadily for over 50 years, only to then flower itself to death with one mighty telegraph pole-sized bloom which literally bursts out of the roof of Kew's green house.Cracking the code to plants' survival strategies is the key to protecting their future and Kew have built a high tech long-term solution fifty miles south of the Gardens. Described as mankind's ultimate insurance policy, and with 10% already safely stored deep frozen, Kew's Millennium Seed Bank has the capacity to store seeds from the vast majority of remaining species of plant on the planet, thus saving plants from extinction in the future.PRODUCTION DETAILS:Directed by Martin Williams at Atlantic Productions. Executive Produced by Anthony Geffen
Event Broadcast 2012-11-04 at 19:30:00
Notes Classification: G
Subject Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Plants -- Type specimens.
Victoria -- Kew.
Form Streaming video
Author Williams, Martin, director
Attenborough, David, host
Mabberley, David, contributor
Stuppy, Wolfgang, contributor