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The Green Planet

Sir David Attenborough travels the globe to reveal the secret lives of plants. Using pioneering camera techniques, the series takes viewers on a magical journey inside the hidden world of plants, on which all animals — including humans — are dependent.

One Sharpshooter Way to Stop an Invasive Plant

2m 20s

Miconia, a plant native to Mexico, grows taller than native Hawaiian plants. A single plant can produce 10 million seeds a year, proliferating rapidly. Unable to land their helicopters, marksmen shoot Miconia plants at the stem with paintballs filled with herbicide while flying. Killing the whole plant without damaging any wild plants.

Extras + Features

  • How Do You Pollinate 40 Million Almond Trees?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How Do You Pollinate 40 Million Almond Trees?

    S1 E5 - 2m 33s

    Central California is the biggest orchard in the world and almonds are one of its main crops. There are 40 million trees here with 20,000 flowers each, meaning there are billions of flowers in this one location. But there are no pollinators for the job, they were wiped out when the surrounding environment was cleared. So 40 billion bees are trucked in from across the U.S. when the trees bloom.

  • One Sharpshooter Way to Stop an Invasive Plant: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    One Sharpshooter Way to Stop an Invasive Plant

    S1 E5 - 2m 20s

    Miconia, a plant native to Mexico, grows taller than native Hawaiian plants. A single plant can produce 10 million seeds a year, proliferating rapidly. Unable to land their helicopters, marksmen shoot Miconia plants at the stem with paintballs filled with herbicide while flying. Killing the whole plant without damaging any wild plants.

  • How "Weeds" Grow in the Sidewalk: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How "Weeds" Grow in the Sidewalk

    S1 E5 - 2m 32s

    Some plants can survive anywhere, even the heart of the city. These "weeds", like the Ivy-Leaved Toadflax, can grow on walls and other shear surfaces without any soil. The plant grows and blooms towards the light to attract pollinators, but once the seedpods develop it will turn inwards seeking a dark crevice to grow in. Such cracks are all it needs to produce a new plant.

  • How Saguaro Cacti Store 1000 Gallons of Water: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How Saguaro Cacti Store 1000 Gallons of Water

    S1 E4 - 2m 9s

    The saguaro features a pleated surface which allows it to expand to contain all the water it needs: it can hold over a thousand gallons. During dry times, it can pull from this source to grow and produce flowers and seeds. When fully loaded, the cactus won't need to absorb water for an entire year.

  • The 12,000-year-old Plant that Barely Grows: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The 12,000-year-old Plant that Barely Grows

    S1 E4 - 2m

    The creosote bush is one of the slowest growing plants documented, an essential survival strategy in an arid desert. It's only active for very brief periods, growing during a rare rainfall. David Attenborough visited the same bush in 1982, where it looked almost identical - since then, the bush has only grown a single inch!

  • Why Elephants Eat the Baobab Tree: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Why Elephants Eat the Baobab Tree

    S1 E4 - 2m 38s

    The elephant has a special relationship with the baobab, eating its fruit and spreading its seeds. The elephant also uses this tree as a key water source during migration, using it's water-rich inner wood to quench their thirst on long migrations. This damages the baobab, but it normally regenerates. Global warming has disrupted this cycle.

  • The Plant that Makes Its Home on a Cactus: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Plant that Makes Its Home on a Cactus

    S1 E4 - 3m 16s

    Tristerix seeds travel in bird droppings, when they land on a cactus they grow long probe-like stems, that latch onto the cactus body and inject it with parasitic threads. A year later Tristerix bursts out of the cactus skin as a bloom of beautiful flowers that attract hummingbird pollinators.

  • The Orchid that Pretends It's A Wasp: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Orchid that Pretends It's A Wasp

    S1 E3 - 3m 38s

    The Hammer Orchid does not look like a flower and has no nectar but also needs to attract a pollinator. This plant's strategy is to synchronize with the mating season of the thynnid wasp, attracting males by emitting a similar scent to that of the female. And since the orchid looks similar to the female, the male it attempts to mate with it.

  • A Plant Parasite with an Insatiable Appetite: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A Plant Parasite with an Insatiable Appetite

    S1 E3 - 2m 35s

    The Dodder is a hunter with an exceptional sense of smell. It moves swiftly, searching for its prey. Smelling a young nettle, it moves towards it and strangles its stem - punchering it and sucking its sap. Having fed, it is then able to multiply. It is a parasite with an insatiable appetite.

  • The Fungi that Help Trees Talk: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Fungi that Help Trees Talk

    S1 E3 - 2m 57s

    Fungi is able to link a whole group of trees through their root systems, creating a 'wood wide web' called the Mycorrhizal Network. Using this network, trees are able to pass nutrients, chemical and electrical signals to each other raising the alarm when being attacked.

  • What Photosynthesis Looks Like Underwater: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    What Photosynthesis Looks Like Underwater

    S1 E2 - 2m 17s

    When plants photosynthesize underwater, they release oxygen as little air bubbles that float to the surface. Where the plants are dense, it can create sea of fizzing bubbles.

  • How the Giant Water Lily Dominates: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How the Giant Water Lily Dominates

    S1 E2 - 2m 22s

    The Giant Water Lily expands by over 6 inches a day, and reaches over 6 feet across as it expands to take up as much sunlight as it can.

Schedule

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    The Green Planet: TVSS: Iconic

    The Green Planet

    Tropical Worlds

    Wednesday
    Jul 6

    1 Hour

    David Attenborough explores plants in the tropical rain forest.
  • Image
    The Green Planet: TVSS: Iconic

    The Green Planet

    Tropical Worlds

    Wednesday
    Jul 6

    1 Hour

    David Attenborough explores plants in the tropical rain forest.
  • Image
    The Green Planet: TVSS: Iconic

    The Green Planet

    Tropical Worlds

    Thursday
    Jul 7

    1 Hour

    David Attenborough explores plants in the tropical rain forest.
  • Image
    The Green Planet: TVSS: Iconic

    The Green Planet

    Tropical Worlds

    Thursday
    Jul 7

    1 Hour

    David Attenborough explores plants in the tropical rain forest.
  • Image
    The Green Planet: TVSS: Iconic

    The Green Planet

    Tropical Worlds

    Sunday
    Jul 10

    1 Hour

    David Attenborough explores plants in the tropical rain forest.
  • Image
    The Green Planet: TVSS: Iconic

    The Green Planet

    Tropical Worlds

    Sunday
    Jul 10

    1 Hour

    David Attenborough explores plants in the tropical rain forest.
  • Image
    The Green Planet: TVSS: Iconic

    The Green Planet

    Tropical Worlds

    Sunday
    Jul 10

    1 Hour

    David Attenborough explores plants in the tropical rain forest.
  • Image
    The Green Planet: TVSS: Iconic

    The Green Planet

    Tropical Worlds

    Sunday
    Jul 10

    1 Hour

    David Attenborough explores plants in the tropical rain forest.
  • Image
    The Green Planet: TVSS: Iconic

    The Green Planet

    Tropical Worlds

    Monday
    Jul 11

    1 Hour

    David Attenborough explores plants in the tropical rain forest.
  • Image
    The Green Planet: TVSS: Iconic

    The Green Planet

    Tropical Worlds

    Monday
    Jul 11

    1 Hour

    David Attenborough explores plants in the tropical rain forest.
  • Image
    The Green Planet: TVSS: Iconic

    The Green Planet

    Water Worlds

    Wednesday
    Jul 13

    1 Hour

    Exploring water plants, some of which can count and hunt; some water plants escape from animals by rolling away or creating bubbles.
  • Image
    The Green Planet: TVSS: Iconic

    The Green Planet

    Water Worlds

    Wednesday
    Jul 13

    1 Hour

    Exploring water plants, some of which can count and hunt; some water plants escape from animals by rolling away or creating bubbles.
  • Image
    The Green Planet: TVSS: Iconic

    The Green Planet

    Water Worlds

    Thursday
    Jul 14

    1 Hour

    Exploring water plants, some of which can count and hunt; some water plants escape from animals by rolling away or creating bubbles.
  • Image
    The Green Planet: TVSS: Iconic

    The Green Planet

    Water Worlds

    Thursday
    Jul 14

    1 Hour

    Exploring water plants, some of which can count and hunt; some water plants escape from animals by rolling away or creating bubbles.
  • Image
    The Green Planet: TVSS: Iconic

    The Green Planet

    Water Worlds

    Sunday
    Jul 17

    1 Hour

    Exploring water plants, some of which can count and hunt; some water plants escape from animals by rolling away or creating bubbles.
  • Image
    The Green Planet: TVSS: Iconic

    The Green Planet

    Water Worlds

    Sunday
    Jul 17

    1 Hour

    Exploring water plants, some of which can count and hunt; some water plants escape from animals by rolling away or creating bubbles.
  • Image
    The Green Planet: TVSS: Iconic

    The Green Planet

    Water Worlds

    Sunday
    Jul 17

    1 Hour

    Exploring water plants, some of which can count and hunt; some water plants escape from animals by rolling away or creating bubbles.
  • Image
    The Green Planet: TVSS: Iconic

    The Green Planet

    Water Worlds

    Monday
    Jul 18

    1 Hour

    Exploring water plants, some of which can count and hunt; some water plants escape from animals by rolling away or creating bubbles.
  • Image
    The Green Planet: TVSS: Iconic

    The Green Planet

    Water Worlds

    Monday
    Jul 18

    1 Hour

    Exploring water plants, some of which can count and hunt; some water plants escape from animals by rolling away or creating bubbles.

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