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Carol Klein’s Plant Odysseys – Waterlily episode 4

In the fourth and final chapter of the series, Carol Klein takes a look at one of the most recognisable and influential flowers in our world, the waterlily. It is a plant of unlikely economic importance, spiritual significance and artistic inspiration.       Carol Klein’s Plant Odysseys – Waterlily episode 4   She travels to the far east to investigate when and where some of the first flowering plants evolved, and discovers waterlilies are among the earliest branches of…

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Carol Klein’s Plant Odysseys – Iris episode 3

The third leg of Carol's odyssey takes her on a journey from England to Turkey, to Italy and home again, discovering the intricate biology of the iris flower and its cultural significance to mankind over thousands of years. Carol takes a close-up look into the intimate relationship between bees and irises and, under the guidance of an evolutionary plant biologist, uses an endoscopic camera to reveal how an insect with UV vision sees each flower.     Carol travels to…

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Carol Klein’s Plant Odysseys – Tulips episode 2

There are 6,000 delightful varieties of tulips in the world today, with new colours and forms being cultivated every year. Carol Klein's odyssey to uncover the colourful history of this popular flower begins high in the mountains of eastern Turkey, where a species tulip, one of the early ancestors of those we grow in our gardens, can be found flourishing in the harshest of environments, a feat only possible due to its extraordinary evolution. Thermal-imaging cameras reveal a small pocket…

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