Astonishing plant-animal alliances

Underwood’s long-tongued bat are the ‘7-hour flower’s’ primary pollinators. © BBC Studios NHU. Additional suggested reading: Charles Darwin: An Epiphany for the Muslims, A Catastrophe for the Christians

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Some of the planets most unusual plants and animals have become allies…

We all know about the special relationship between dogs and humans, but perhaps not so well-known are the many symbiotic relationships between plants and animals. An obvious example of this is the pairing of bees and flowers; the bees collect nectar as food, but also pick up pollen, which then pollinates the next flower the bees visit.It’s a win-win situation for both species, and when it occurs, this type of symbiotic relationship, known as ‘mutualism’, often transpires in the most unlikely forms.

From the acacia ant whose home doubles up as supper, to the Lilford wall lizard’s curious relationship with a pitcher plant, our natural world is filled with weird and wonderful relationships… 

Discover more astonishing plant-animal relationships with new Sir David Attenborough series The Green Planet, which explores the wondrous interconnected world of plants. Find out where to watch in your region

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