Plants Behaving badly

Terra Mater (2014)

USA / English / 106 mins


Writer David Attenborough
Producer David Attenborough


Plants Behaving Badly reveals a world of deceit and treachery worthy of any fictional thriller. Two groups of plants exhibit such intriguing behaviour that a century and a half ago they attracted the attention of Charles Darwin, and these same plants still fascinate scientists today. In these two films, Plants Behaving Badly reveals a world of deceit and treachery worthy of any fictional thriller. Darwin’s book on 'On The Origin Of Species’ shook the scientific world. Yet it was his next book, devoted entirely to orchids that filled in the gaps and clarified his revolutionary ideas. Orchids have an ethereal beauty, whether growing hundreds of feet up in a misty rainforest or along the verges of busy suburban roads. But their exotic flowers are shaped for just one purpose – to seduce pollinators. In part one of Plants Behaving Badly, we’ll get up close and personal with these extraordinary plants. Scientists have recently shown that many more plants are carnivorous than we had ever thought. In part two, we welcome the world of killer tomatoes and murderous potatoes. Carnivorous plants have featured in many sci-fi films over the years, but the reality turns out to be far stranger than the fiction.


Episode 1: Murder and Mayhem

45 min May 02, 2017
Examining unusual traits that some species have evolved, beginning with a look at carnivorous varieties. In Borneo, a type of pitcher plant survives by utilising a symbiotic relationship with ants.

Episode 2: Sex and Lies

45 min May 09, 2017
Examining the ways that orchids impersonate other creatures including bees and wasps in order to become pollinated. Many varieties can only sprout in specific soil containing a particular fungi.


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