From air-filled sea hearts to the large and heavy coco de mer to incredibly tiny seeds like dust, “perhaps the most important time in the plant’s life is when it has to spread its seed,” explains Sir David Attenborough. “Then plants have to become travelers…”
Giant seeds, tiny seeds, floaty seeds, flying seeds! Seed dispersal is a topic filled with invention, surprises, and contrasts. In this clip from the BBC’s new series The Green Planet, Attenborough Gives a brief lesson on how seeds embark on their journey.
Related reading at Britannica: 7 Brilliant Ways Seeds and Fruits Are Dispersed.
Watch more seed dispersal videos on TKSST, including:
• How do seeds get around? Maddie Moate explains seed dispersal
• This humidity-powered seed drills itself into the ground
• Exploding plants disperse their seeds with high pressure bursts
• The Agouti: Seed Disperser of the Rainforest
• Symbiosis & a surprising tale of species cooperation