Rare Plant Survey on Thailand’s Tiger’s Nose — Plant One On Me — Ep 137

Rare Plant Survey on Thailand’s Tiger’s Nose — Plant One On Me — Ep 137

– [Narrator] In the last
episode of “Plant One On Me”, Doctor Piyakaset showed
us the botanical wonders of the Queen Sirikit Botanic Gardens. From the rare limestone plants, to the towering palms of the
tropical rainforest house. But you learn so much more about a plant when you can observe it
in it’s natural habitat. In this episode, Doctor Piyakaset takes us on one of his expeditions
to the Tiger’s Nose, one of the tallest peaks in Thailand, to survey and document
some of the rare plants he found growing in the wild. This turned out to be a
trip we would never forget. – Okay? – Yeah. – Okay, let’s go. (upbeat music) – [Summer] Oh so cute, look
at this, oh, yeah, yeah see. – [Doctor] Die already. – [Summer] No they pretend
to be dead look at it, see? – [Doctor] The boyfriend, you see, Summer. – They pretend to be dead, they actually, I’ve never seen cicadas drop like that. All right guys you and your
boyfriend and girlfriend can sit right here. Yeah, see they’re both alive. – Okay, you can see
here how the vegetation start to change from the
normal evergreen forest to an open pine forest, and you have several different
species also up here. We are going up to 1,600 meters to the Tiger Nose. You can say something
like National Geographic. – [Summer] Yeah, I’m here on
the edge of this cliff here, no human’s ever walked here before. What’s that, the yellow
flower right there? – The yellow one? – Yeah. – Yeah, it’s the same like this one. That’s this one, yes. It’s a Xyris, Xyris wallichii. It looks like grass but actually it’s not. – Yeah.
– It has its own family, Xyris wallichii. And if you touch the, see the
leaves is quite flat here. Oh, I found a very interesting plants, they try to touch the leaf and smell. – Oh yeah, lemon. – Yeah, this is lemongrass tree. – Wow, what family? – Lauraceae. – Oh, Lauraceae! – Yes, Litsea cubeba. This one, if you come up here and you want to cook Tom Yum, you can, and you don’t have lemongrass,
you can use this one. – You use it as a substitute. – [Doctor] Yes, yeah, nice smell isn’t it? – [Summer] Yeah. – [Doctor] Oh, this is a
rare impatiens you know. So flowers of the balsam,
impatiens mengtszeana. – [Summer] Oh that’s a beautiful color, it’s a cream sicle. – Right. – Oh, that, that, the begonia, you see the begonia? – Oh yeah, right there in the stream. Yeah, wow, it’s the one with the– – [Doctor] Get closer. – [Summer] That’s a nice one. – [Doctor] Right, this
is the begonia palmata, – [Summer] Begonia palmata? – Yeah, in natural habitat. Very nice, growing next to the stream. Okay, we continue. – [Summer] Ooh look at the
ants on the bracken fern. Yeah, I think I already irritated them. – I think, you see this one? Actually this is quite interesting, because the young shoot
of the bracken fern, it has the glands here which produce some sweet agent, attract the ants, so ants– – [Summer] So it protects the plant? – Yes, stays here to
protect the young shoot. – Yeah.
– Yes. – [Summer] It’s a form
of Myrmecodia, yeah. – I got a bite. And up there you can see
what they call cliff. – Oh my god. Just do not drop the camera down. (laughs) – [Doctor] Okay, another
small hypoxis here, hypoxis aurea, hypoxis daisy. – Wow, this is just such an epic view. This is unbelievable. It’s so hard to take it all in. It’s clear too, relatively speaking. – [Doctor] See that, okay? – [Summer] Wow, this is incredible. – Yeah, right?
– Yeah. – [Doctor] Shall we go to that one? – [Summer] Yeah, absolutely. – Look at it, this is
all temperate species. (light rhythmic music) Are you afraid of heights, Summer? – [Summer] I’m a little
bit afraid of heights, so. – [Doctor] Yeah, you can come here, actually there’s a second
step, not just this one. This is second step. – [Summer] Yeah, but how
far down is the second step? – [Doctor] (laughing)
No, it’s not that bad, you can come and have a look. – Oh my god.
– Come, come here. – Okay, I’m coming.
– Here, yes, look at that. – Oh my God. – Yeah, stand up here. – That is just– – Yeah, here’s still okay, because there’s two trees step down. – [Summer] Yeah, wow. That is incredible. – Yeah, this is your reward for today. – Hoo, I got to take a
photo of that, whew, boy. (light rhythmic music) That’s the million dollar view right here. – [DR] You are really above the clouds. – [Summer] Yeah. – Okay if we go up and try to search for some special flowers, and I’m going to have some photos of it, because we don’t have any
good photos for all of them. – And these plants are endemic
to this particular mountain? – [Doctor] Yeah, many of
them only grow in this area. – Wow.
– Yes. – And this is a correct time of the year to visit this mountain. – [Summer] So, I just
wanna be very gingerous with where I’m stepping. – [Doctor] Yeah, be careful. – The fog is really coming in right now. It was just clear, just like seconds ago. – Yes, be careful. Look at this one. Actually this is a wild
iris called Iris collettii, and it has purple flowers, this one. – [Summer] Not in bloom though. – Not in bloom, it’s already finished now. It’s blooming in August. – You got a lot of great
little wild flowers here. – That’s one, I’m going to photograph. – [Summer] Okay. – This is the rare plant
called Pedicularis yunnanensis. Now it belonged to auroboncacea which is hemiparasitic plants. – [Summer] What’s it parasite on? – It’s on the root of
grasses and things like that. You see, it has a very
hairy leaves and stems. – [Summer] And what are
the important things that you need to capture
when you’re photographing some of these plants. – Yeah of course, I try to get the detail of the flowers as much as possible. – [Summer] And so, really
it’s the inflorescence that you’re looking for? – Yeah, the inflorescence,
actually the leaves, and you see the stigma is coming out. – Yeah, I see that. – Petal shapes and things like that. And actually I brought my
ruler here so I can make measurement afterwards and
then we collect this document and back to the herbarium. And we can recheck the name again. – Yeah.
– Yes, but the main reasons I
got here once a year, because I want to check
the population of this one. Because we used to have serious fire continuous for four, five
years and it destroyed some of the plants here also. So it’s a kind of monitoring. – Yeah.
– Yes. How the rare plants here get recovered. Careful, this is quite steep here. – [Summer] Yeah. – Oh wow, we are here, can you move here? – [Summer] Oh yeah,
absolutely, I’ll come here. – [Doctor] This is a rare gentian only found in Northern Thailand. Yeah, the Swertia– – [Summer] That’s beautiful,
I see the purple stripes. – [Doctor] It’s a tiny little plant. More flowers coming up. – Yeah, plenty. – Okay, I’m glad I’ve seen this one. Maybe we try to find some more. It’s quite uncommon here. – [Summer] think there’s
a couple more down here. – [Doctor] Where, show me, oh wow. – [Summer] One right
here and it looks like there’s another one right here. – [ Doctor] Yes, yes, yes,
I’m trying to go this way to see the petal. – [Summer] Yeah, it has a little, little– – A purple stripe, it’s named striae, – Yeah.
– The striae means stripes. – [Summer] How long do these bloom for? – [Doctor] Maybe a couple days. – Oh okay, so we’re
really hitting this place at the right time then. – Right, right. (rhythmic pulsing) It’s down there, I have to go like that. It’s on that wet, cliff. Maybe we are too late, or maybe they were destroyed, all of them. Wow, it’s still here. Oh, plenty of them. It’s here, you wanna come and see? See, it’s only here, it’s not up there, it’s not down there, it’s only here. But it’s quite, you have to go, go around. Yeah, actually this is
really a unique habitat for many carnivorous plants. If you see here, it’s a Drosera peltata. You see, growing together
with Pedicularis yanyuanensis, this one again the, and move up a little bit,
this is Drosera, the sun dew. Yeah, yes Summer would
like to see something. – The grass is kind of sticky actually. – This is the ideal habitat for many species of utricularias. Bare rock like this,
seeping water, running down. – What kind of rock is this? – It’s a granite. – Granite, okay. – That’s my rare plants. Yeah, the blue ones.
– The blue ones, wow. – [Doctor] The blue one, yes. – That is so stunning, they’re so blue. It was a new rain court. This grow first in India, only a single locality, this is the second one in the world. – [Summer] It looks like they’re growing in unison with the moss. – Yes, you see they need the
seeping water, dripping down, so once they kind of change,
you’d have less rain, the you’d have no seeping water and this becoming smaller
and smaller and then gone. And here, this one more
endemic plant species Burmannia, this is also a hemiparasite. Burmannia larseniana. – [Summer] Is that a hemiparasite also to the grass or to something– – Yeah, to the grass. So we have many nice species here growing in small communities, and then the small Irimacolum. Yes, this one. – So the blue one is not
endemic to here, but it’s rare. – Yeah, but it’s rare. It’s found only in two
places in the world. – [Summer] Wow, what a find. – He said we should eat right now, because he’s waiting for us. He’s quite hungry also. (laughing) He’s quite, he’s too polite to eat alone, so we just eat in five
minutes and then whatever. – [Summer] What kind of
animals do you have up here? – Up here, not many animals. – [Summer] No rodents or anything? (speaking in foreign language) – He said squirrels and some other things. (speaking in foreign language) He said also the serow, it’s
a kind of mountain goat. – [Summer] Mmm, are they
all killed or up or? – They’re all killed.
– Ah, sad. – That top, there’s still
the area that they preserve for these kinds of animals, so it’s still there but
not near here, this peak. – [Summer] Would they
ever reintroduce them, because it is a national park, so they should be protected here, right? – Yeah, as we see, just today
we saw lots of motor bikes and so this is difficult.
– Yeah. (motorbike engine revs) We’re heading back down
but we’re also going to see if we can find some more
interesting and rare flora. (electronic music) – [Doctor] Can you wait here for a while, I’ll go and check my plan.
– Yeah. – I think it’s growing
there on the wet cliff. You have to be careful huh? A new species of Utricularia described some years ago which is endemic to this mountain only, and you can see they have
a small leaf and trap along the roots, along the stems also. So they really need the
seeping water to survive and open platform like this. Once when it dries up and
you get the vegetation to cover this one, so it will be gone. Many years ago it was plenty
here, covered this wet rock, so I’m not so happy to
see a few plants here. Let’s get out of here. (upbeat music) (water running) Oops.
– Watch out. Halenia elliptica, it’s a type of ginger? – Yes. It actually looks, it’s
shaped a little bit like a small columbine. – This is actually,
it’s a Himalayan ilaman from the Himalay, but in Thailand it’s found
only in this mountain. One more here. – [Summer] Yeah. – Okay, you see this red ginger here, we call it jelly ginger, because if you take this one out and squeeze it, it
contains a lot of jelly. – Ooh, it’s like pectin almost. – Yes. – [Summer] Wow, oh my gosh, actually it’s a little bit more like snot. – [Doctor] Yes. – [Summer] Do people use
that as a medicine or? – No, no, no it’s produced by
itself to prevent the insects from eating the flowers and fruits. Here it’s a fruit, see? – [Summer] Is that characteristic
to a lot of gingers or only this one?
– No, no, no, only this species. – [Summer] Interesting. So does this have any digestive juices like if an insect gets caught in there? – I don’t think so, it’s just slimy– – Unbelievable how slimy it is. – Yeah.
(Summer laughs) I forgot to say the name, it’s Zingiber densissimum. – Zingiber dens–
– densissimum. – Okay, densissimum. – Yes. – This one I can’t remember. – The lemongrass. – Yeah, the lemongrass tree. – The fruits, the young fruits there. – Oh god, that smells so good. It’s like lemongrass and
a little bit of curry. – Yes. – Oh god, that is probably
one of my favorite smells of all Thailand. Wow, oh, this one’s brilliant. I don’t know what kind
of Coleoptera he is but– – [Doctor] Oh it’s hemip. – It’s a hemip?
– Yes. – Oh, where’s his, oh yeah, he has a little proboscis underneath. – It has only one wing, not two wings. – Oh so it doesn’t have like two elytra. – Yeah, so it opens like, yeah, yeah. – Oh, wow, it’s so cool, it looks like a beetle, but like you said it’s not. I’m just gonna just try
to see if I can grab it. If he allows me to. Oh, there he goes, wow.
– Yeah, it’s going to fly and it
will open like a volkswagon. – [Summer] Hatch, like a hatchback. Oh, he’s so cute. – You see, it has no–
– Yeah, no elytra. – Yeah.
– Open the hatchback. I see some wings in there. – [Doctor] Yes, almost, almost. (laughs) Too hard. And then it’s trying to, yeah, yeah. – Dink, come on, okay this guys not… Oh, he pooped on me, it probably stinks. Yeah, it does, yuck. Oh man that’s a cool bug, you’re so cool. He’s like let me go back to
my place where I just was. Well, that’s a neat one,
that a new one for me. I’m surprised that he’s a hemipteron. – [Doctor] Summer, this
is Thunbergia fragrans. – [Summer] It’s species name is fragrance? – Yes.
– So it’s fragrant? – I guess so, maybe at the night time. – Yeah, not now.
– No, no not now. – [Summer] What a disappointment
for that scientific name. (laughs) Is this a vining one? – [Summer] Yeah, it’s a vining one. Okay, yeah, I see the vine. – You see the small flowers here? – [Summer] Yeah, I do. – This is a Clerodendrum serratum, only one flower left for the season. – Wow, pretty cool flower. Glad we have one left. – Oh this is quite an interesting plant. It belongs to the orange family. Real tasty. This is Boenninghausenia albiflora. You see the small fruit there. – Yeah, very tiny. – Yeah, if you grab it and you squeeze it, it gives you a nice– – A little citrusy?
– Yes. – Ooh yeah, oh, that’s powerful, a lot of smell in that little fruit. – And for rotasie it can
be very easy to recognize, you get one leaf and if you try
to see it against the light, you will see the oil glands, the glandots. – Oh yeah, I do, so if you
hold this up to the light, you can see some of the
oil glands in the leaf. – And the flower is so tiny, white ones. – So tiny, but I can’t believe this smell that’s in this little packet of fruit. We’ve got some cicadas yelling at us. – Oh, here we have whey asparagus. – So cool. – [[Doctor] It has fruits on it’s– – Oh yeah, look at that. – [Doctor] Three couples so. – So does this have anything
like a regular asparagus like? – It has a tuberous root, and local people collect this
one for medicinal purpose. – Do you know what species this is? – I’m not quite sure,
I will check it later. – [Summer] Okay, Asparagus? – [Doctor] Actually, it’s
one of the common species. – As we’re going down the
mountain side we’re getting a lot more of that sun, and we’re not in the high
elevation any longer, so the clouds aren’t moving through here. – This is the usnea. – Oh there’s the usnea so it’s a lichen that looks like the
Tillandsia usneoides, yeah. Super cool. – See this is the transition
zone between the pine and the whole forest, the evergreen. Here, evergreen. You can see here, you’ve
got quite a clear cut. This side is no more pines and just only this side. – Yep, is all pine.
– Yeah, all pine. And the seedling of the pine
would not be able to grow in that kind of nature. – Yeah because it would need
a little bit more bare land. – Yeah, more sun. – This is a Strobilanthes. This is popular in the
states as a bedding plant or sometimes you’ll see the purple version or the green version for
an indoor houseplant. Although, it’s probably
better as a bedding plant. But, it has these really
cool silver markings on it’s really neat to be
able to see it actually in the wild. Ooh, what’s this? – Here is the Crypsinus rhynchophyllus which is a, has a quite
distinct dimorphic form. This is the sterile one, it’s smaller and quite oval shaped. And this is fertile
leaves, pretty much longer, you see the–
– Oh yes, so you can tell this is a fern, because it has the spores. And then that’s an
elaphoglossum, isn’t it? – The elaphoglossum.
– Yeah. Oh that’s beautiful, you
can just see a little bit of the sheen on that, which is also a fern. – And look at this correlation
on the leaves here. – Oh, yeah, it’s beautiful, looks like little ink markings
– Yeah, darker rings. – Oh look at this, wow that is super cool. – It’s a kind of grasshopper. – Yeah, I see, I see that
it’s like rearing up. It’s not jumping,
– It’s not jumping. – Yeah, it looks like a cicada. Ooh, there it goes.
– See! (laughs) That’s so cool, wow. He just stained me. It looks like a reoccurring
thing with insects is just like taking a little piss on me. (upbeat music) You may think people do
etchings on the tree, but this is actually a
mining insect that does this. You can often try to
determine what the species of insect is just by the
way that they actually mine. (upbeat music) So what is this fruit? – It’s the Castanopsis diversifolia, it’s one of the whole family. – Yeah, I guess you need a machete because they look so spiny. Is it edible? – It’s edible. – Hmm, a little mealy but good. Do they roast them as well? – Yes, much better when you roast them. Oh, look at this interesting plant. – [Summer] Ooh, it’s pretty. – [Doctor] It’s a Polygala, Polygalasee. – [Summer] Is this the
seeds starting over here? – [Doctor] Yeah, the seeds,
it has a heart-shaped fruit. – It has a couple seeds
in it or multiples. – Yes, yes, yes, I think two seeds in it, yellow color you see? Yellow color and then– – Yeah, I see the yellow color, and then it gets a little red. – Yes, and then it turns to a
little bit of orange, right? – There’s an Aeschynanthus up there. – Oh yeah. – We’re like wow. (both laughing) Great another rare plant. – Great.
(both laughing) (upbeat music) This Aeschynanthus is a
little bit better to see than that one up in the tree. – [Doctor] Yeah, this is a
Aeschynanthus andersonii, sometime they said it’s a hemiparasite, because it seems to go
in the crack of the trees and you know, sometime
it has also the root between the bark and the
vascular bundle bundle. – So this what we call
the lipstick plant often, and as a common name. – Right, this is a small
species, quite nice. – So if you actually
remove this from the tree, since it’s a hemiparasite,
it will still be able to live on it’s own? – This one I tried before
and it can stay alive. – [Summer] So it’s not
fully parasitic then? – It’s not fully, maybe
it’s not a parasite at all. – It just happens to like
little crooks and crannies of the tree. Oh! – [Doctor] Yeah, it’s harmless you can. – Yeah, oh my god, such
a tight little ball. Gosh, it fits so perfectly together. So supposedly this is one of
their edible mushrooms here, It seems quite large. – It can feed the whole family. – Yeah, at least for one day. (speaking foreign language) Is he gonna take it?
– Yeah, he’s going to take it. – [Summer] See, he is gonna
feed his whole family tonight. – [Doctor] Yeah. (speaking foreign language) Oh the sour curry. – [Summer] Oh, I was gonna
say, how does he cook it? Oh my gosh, two nights
of mushrooms. (laughs) – Oh, look at this tiny orchids, sitting on the bark like this. – [Summer] This one’s really cute. – [Doctor] Yes, it’s a
miniature eria, this one. – Eria?
– Eria, yeah. – [Summer] Is this the
flower or they past flower? – This is the fruit already. Look at the pseudobulb,
that’s some kinds of nectar. Now it nearly dies because
the tree just fell down. – Oh, so it actually
really needs, the tree needs to be standing.
– Right. – It wouldn’t typically
be on decaying wood. This is one of the smilax vines. You can see it has really funky leaves at the base of the pedial. These are vining creatures so this one will eventually probably
find a tree and climb up. (phone ringing) (speaking foreign language on telephone) – [Summer] What, are you serious? – [Doctor] Yes, I just got a call. – [Summer] Oh my god, like
just at the space, place. – Yes, half an hour ago. – Oh my God, oh my God, unbelievable! That’s insane, I don’t know. – [Doctor] I think we’re heading back. – Yeah, I think we should head back. – [Doctor] The van is coming. – Yeah, we just got some really bad news. One of the botanists that we came with who was feeling sick a little earlier actually just had a heart attack and died. His name is Chanin, he’s a great botanist, and we actually got
some film footage of him actually talking about plants, and we are going to be
heading back down right now to the hospital to go check
in with our other friend. (slow piano music) As one of my mentors has said,
sometimes you think life, and sometimes life thinks you. Experiencing loss has
a way of refocusing you through the blur of tears, the fogginess of mind, comes a sobering clarity that reminds us to pursue our passions
fully and to fill our lives with the people we love
and who love us back. (slow piano music)

Randy Schultz

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100 thoughts on “Rare Plant Survey on Thailand’s Tiger’s Nose — Plant One On Me — Ep 137

  1. Summer Rayne Oakes says:

    This is one of most emotional 'Plant One On Me' videos that we filmed. I ask that you watch to the very end. Thank you.

  2. Jenny Cao says:

    Thank you for always bringing us great videos and the people you visit that share their plant knowledge and passion with the world. Prayers for his family and friends.

  3. Christopher Bobin says:

    Ms. Oakes, I can't begin to tell you how much I am enjoying your You-Tube posts, and this one was certainly the clincher. Thank you for highlighting the wonder of SE Asia and particularly the posts about Singapore, the Garden City, where we live. Please keep doing what you're doing: I find you genuine and even the whole "Tippy the Chicken" thing strikes me as endearingly honest.

  4. Chim’s Garden Naturelover says:

    One of the best and heart felt videos. I always tell my boys live your best life and love hard, be kind because life is not forever. The Mountain View’s was just breath taking, I can’t wait to go back. Thank you Summer for a great video.🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🦋

  5. Ksnamaste says:

    Condolences to you and sorry for your loss. Life isn't promised. Do what you love to the fullest.

  6. Carole Maynard says:

    A sobering reminder that we need to follow our hearts and passion. You show us that in allowing us to follow along on your journey exploring these amazing places. So sorry for your loss

  7. RedStarryNight says:

    The view and the plants in their natural habitat are stunning! Thank you for sharing this video.

  8. 42apprentice says:

    Such a contrast between the euphoria of discovery & the shock of the ending. Condolences to his family & colleagues

  9. goddess131 says:

    BEAUTIFUL, that purple striped flower is incredible and so many amazing beautiful plants. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Chanin, best wishes to his family and everyone supporting him.

  10. Edward Littlefield says:

    Yes, emotional and awe inspiring.

  11. Selina Boyd says:

    This is very cool your living a dream!

  12. Polline Moineau says:

    so sorry … I understand how it's emotional … so, so beautiful these flowers in the wild, so beautiful ! (and the little jewelry on your finger ) and so sad after that … Did you think, maybe, that it was a present of life for accepting … the other side of life … ? thanks for sharing this with us , Summer

  13. Jane Curtis says:

    Outstanding eco tour!! Thanks for doing all that climbing! Love seeing plants in their native habitat and really appreciate the scientific names. Insects were fascinating, also!!

  14. mysticshining says:

    Was thinking throughout the video that this is my favorite video of yours, and then the ending. Thanks Summer for the beautiful video, all of it.

  15. She's my President says:

    Checkout… Croton thai thai

  16. Paul Troja says:

    it was great but such a sad ending sorry for the loss.

  17. Miki Steiner says:

    Thanks for the gurney
    Remind me self.

  18. Chuntisa Ketsdaphans says:


  19. Ana Udrea says:

    So sad 🙁

  20. Calon Enriquez says:

    This episode…masterpiece. Content, shots quality, emotions… we need more of this.
    Thanks for this Ms. Summer!

  21. hazida mohammed says:

    Lovely view and interesting tour but sad ending What can we do thats how life is

  22. Lau Ted says:

    I can't imagine more appropiated video to tribute and farewell a distinguished botanist Chanin Thorut. The entire film was astonishing, with Dr. Piyacaset climbing trough all those cliffs just to watch and photograph a little tiny plant risking extintion. So brave! All that lushness and the views were breathtaking. You all show so much love for nature!
    I can't even imagine how shocking was receiving the news of so sad lost. May his soul rest in peace.

  23. Barbara Lindberg says:

    This video is incredible. To be able to virtually go with you on this field trip and see rare plants is a rare treat. The beauty of walking among the clouds, the vivid blue of a rare flower that's found in only two places in the world was amazing to see. A heartfelt thank you to Dr. Piyakaset for so willingly sharing his passion for plants.
    This video was such a joy to watch and then to end with such sorrow on the passing of a colleague. My deepest condolences to Chanin Thorut's family, friends, and colleagues.

  24. Bill LIU says:

    This is so powerful and enlightening. Thank you for bringing me into the living world of plants, and more.

  25. Ardi Orbec says:

    Full of surprises… from beginning to end.

  26. Will Bennett says:

    i really loved seeing the plants in their native habitat and it was especially heart wrenching to hear about the death of the botanist. may he rest in peace

  27. Ameture Warrior says:

    One of thee most touching and teachable eps ever. My ❤

  28. Leni Ramirez says:

    The Doctor is so nice!!! Thank you for sharing … so sorry for their lost.

  29. Uiladoru says:

    Whoa… this was a breathtaking episode. Thank you so much for filming these! It really shows how nature is just so vast and how so many countless species adapted to live in such unlikely places. Those camera shots of that epic landscape contrasted to the shots of miniature plants and even smaller flowers is something that makes you stand back and admire the nature. And I love it even more because you focused on plants. Even the smallest ones. Its really so humbling to watch this. Dr. Piyakaset seems to be one of the best hosts one can ever wish for. Always engaged and spreading good energy. I also love how you have your little moment with the insects! I love them, they are such a diverse class!

    Having some more fragrant plants seems like such a tempting goal to set! Thus far I only managed to get the Classical Jasmin vine, and Liodoro orchid. But having that sort of a lil' bush with a lemony scent would be great!… but i dont have much place left in my one room apartment. Not unless i invest in growlights! xD… and thats a goal on its own!

    It was a very shocking ending. May Mr Thorut rest in peace. You did a very heartwarming thing by dedicating the episode to him. (but… why is the day of passing away Oct 29th?… that's tomorrow. Sorry i just wanted to point it out in case it was a overlooked. Sorry if i repeated after someone else.)

  30. Gelo's Sanctuary says:

    Condolences to the family of Chanin…

  31. Debi Hediger says:

    This is amazing Summer…THANK YOU SO MUCH for taking us with you to this amazing country. I’d love to be a fly on your shoulder to see this myself. OMG so beautiful…so stunning!!!

  32. Sara Losman says:

    So many great lessons all around, Summer:) I was literally dizzy seeing those spectacular views. On a random note: I think you scrambled that poor iridescent bug's brain trying to get him to fly-ha! He got his revenge, though;)

  33. Plants_and_paints says:

    Oh my gosh, even before you actually said what had happened your expression pretty much depicted the sheer anguish of the news and pretty much told it's own story. Thank you for sharing such a personal experience and moment with us and I am truly sorry for the unexpected loss of what is obviously an important botanist. I feel it's like a library being lost to time with knowledge that has now been locked away for eternity. May his paradise be filled with the sweetest smelling gardens and the freshest of streams covered with a canopy of the bluest skies and the most beautiful of breezes. Beautiful video 💚💚

  34. Anita Lee-Yu says:

    Omg..deep condolences to all.. beautiful scenic!!!

  35. Lillianna Gonzales says:

    i love nature, but i have limited mobility. i teared up many times watching this, feeling like i was there. thank you for posting this.

  36. Gina Wright says:

    I was just thinking about how beautiful this entire video is, a masterpiece. My favorite video ever. I'm sorry for your loss as well.

  37. Alisa Eglite says:

    Amazing plants, love your content. And the end was sad.

  38. Paula Bollers says:

    I want a botanist friend to show me the beautiful world of plants. Thank you so much for taking us along, Summer!

  39. amanda peters says:

    Such a beautiful film, I am in ore of both you knowledge and passion for plants. So sorry for the loss .

  40. objective4 says:

    Please do more videos like this! beautiful and very interesting!

  41. cynthia van teylingen says:

    rest in peace fellow plant friend that was a sad ending to such an interesting journey….

  42. Jaclyn G says:

    You spoke beautifully truthful words Summer! This video was a testament to the dedication of a life richly lived for this gentleman botanist, I am sure. Earthly splendour nothing to compare to his heavenly home…God be strength for all those whose lives he abundantly blessed with his knowledge and passion for natures discoveries! 🙏

  43. miura amunugama says:

    Nice video though it had had a sad ending. My deepest sympathies to Chanin's family and the loved ones. 💐

  44. Hendrik Petersen says:

    How is that bug called?? I've never heard of single-winged ones. That's interesting 😱 I'd love to see how they open that shield up xD

    wow the ending hit me…

  45. Florice Haas says:

    That was both wonderful and sad. Thank you for both. Sorry for your loss.

  46. The Adhd Gardener says:

    Id love to experience anything plant related with you my gosh what a dream that would be! You started my inspiration and love for houseplants when I was living in a city environment. Since moving to the poconos I've further embraced nature. Great to see you in your element😍 love these trips outside of the country #inspiring

  47. Lisa Morgan says:

    Prayers for his family and friends… he lived his life in a beautifully place and now goes to even more beautiful habitat to search and discover and be happy forever. RIP🐞

  48. Jean P. Rivera says:

    I love so much the knowledge you have shared of all this incredible plants. The ending really got me by surprise, such a good lesson of life we tend to forget, I just hope the people that cared for that botanist feel okay soon.

  49. Jeanne Eguizabal says:


  50. Francesco Ichthyo says:

    Wow. Shocking.

  51. John Rice says:

    Oh Wow what an amazing adventure – Thank you so much for sharing

  52. Lizz Keiper says:

    Passion is so meaningful and so beautiful

  53. Brenna Klaverkamp says:

    Such a beautiful video, but a terribly sad ending. I'm so sorry for your loss.

  54. Almond Trees says:

    giving me goosebumps

  55. SHARON SHORT' Orchids and Garden says:


  56. Alicia Atwood says:

    What an amazing video with such a sad end. Life is short. Hug your family and friends while you can!! These videos are so wonderful because I will never get to experience this. I am loving every minute. Prayers for the family. Thanks for sharing your journey!

  57. João Coelho says:

    This is so well filmed! Congratulations, and thank you for the amazing content! It was a sad but beautiful episode.

  58. bharathi raja says:

    0:38 BGM

  59. Natacha Yearwood says:

    This was a wonderful hike, I am so sorry about Dr. Chinin, I enjoyed your clip with him. My condolences to all of you, his peers, and his family most of all. ❤❤❤❤

  60. bharathi raja says:

    Need to be so courage to stand close to the edge of peak…..

  61. bharathi raja says:

    You have to check for any Species of Memecylon in Tropical..

  62. AYN RAVENELL says:

    Sad to hear about your friend,condolences to the family and friends. This was such a wonderful video.❤️

  63. Sri Wahyuni says:

    Awesome expedition…
    Please visit our garden too, Bogor Botanic Garden, Indonesia

  64. ezraathome says:

    Your video took me on a beautiful journey deep into the green and up into the clouds . I'm in tears but , I feel the one who passed on was a good spirit and you were brought there to capture him in his most happy environment just before the Universe called him back . Thank you 🤗🤗

  65. Teerayut Changkit says:

    Thank you Summer Rayne Oakes😊and RIP, Dr. Torut 😢

  66. Federic says:

    Sé como se siente, cuando era estudiante de Botánica Al Gentry, intercambiaba correos con el sobre sus colectas en países tropicales él planeaba hacer una visita a Panamá y murió el planeaba visitar el Jardín Botánico Summit donde trabajaba y otros lugares

  67. jl cogito says:

    This is my favorite video of yours. It was very generous of Dr. Piyakaset to allow you to join in the little expedition so in turn we also get to see plants in their natural habitat. I felt like when I was younger and was always excited to discover new plants and animals in what used to be my less crowded and less progressive hometown. Now that most of lands were turned into homes and subdivision, those times when I'm exploring are the best memories I have. At the end, it was sad to know that a man who had a passion for plants, Mr. Thorut, had passed away. May his memory and passion for plants live forever.

  68. M says:

    Beautiful yet sad episode.

  69. TILER96 says:

    honestly you shook that bugs lil digestive system right up lmao

  70. aviaja petersen says:

    This episode filled my heart with joy and great sadness at the same time. I wanted to become a gardener but my health prevented that from happening I did work with plants for 5 years and I am grateful that I still can enjoy this hobby. To see likeminded people show their passion for plants and life in general, fills my spirit with joy. This episode ended with one of life's sad moments, also a reminder of how brief life can be. My condolence to Touts family and friends, R.I.P Tourt.

  71. BTDarters Channel says:

    Summer, thanks so much for sharing this video in its entirety. Very emotional, and like you said in the video, we never know how much time we have. Thank you. ❤

  72. Flower Power says:

    Hey summer this video was amaaaaazing . you're probably hitting the charts now…..the loss was sad to have known. Just to let you know,the title of the video has plant one one me , there's two " one" , probably a mistake…i guess it is "on"

  73. Inese Kungurova says:


  74. Amelia Graham says:

    I was first moved to tears when Dr. Piyakaset pointed out the little blue flowers growing on and around the granite where the water drains. When he spoke about how climate change had reduced the number and they would eventually disappear I was overwhelmed. Then when you announced the loss of your collegue an ended the video with such a lovely reminder of the transience of life I again found myself swept up in poignant emotion. Thank-you Summer for such a lovely video. It was a fitting tribute to a man who lived his life growing beautiful things. I just love what you do.

  75. hudson says:

    I cried at the end 🙁 RIP Chanin Thorut

  76. lance corproal says:

    I’m so sorry for everyone’s loss. I hope you’re all okay and remember to take care of yourselves.
    Thank you though so much for this amazingly brilliant experience of seeing the plants in their natural habitat. Thank you for all those lovely close ups and focusing on the detail as well from the camera crew. Amazing that it picked up all the fog so well too. It was incredible truely like entering another world. We wish you all the best 💜 much love 💜

  77. Deshzx Stella Traveller says:

    I was doing a trail running on Doi InThanon last year during February 2018 before it got burnt with a bush fire. Stunning beautiful nature up there I'm not sure they are the same peak in your VDO though but great VDO I love it 🙂

  78. Shivansh Ashish says:

    17:10 i saw the jaundice plant of the genus phylanthus

  79. tinajohnsonkcmo says:

    Such a beautiful beginning, contrasting with a sad ending. Sage words of wisdom. RIP

  80. Renson Angala says:

    This is why I love hiking 😍

  81. Fernando Guimarães says:

    Thank you for constantly teaching me about plants and, most of all, about life … I'm crying with your words and sending light to you, family and friends of Chanin.


    This is by far the best video you and your team has produced. The dr said “like national geographic” but I beg to differ, it’s better. Lots of love to you, your team and chanin’s family. May he rest in peace.

  83. Jay Silver says:

    Sorry about your loss. As a nyc paramedic I have become accustom to the temporary nature of life.

  84. Johannes Bong says:

    RIP Chanin. Dr. Piyakaset is such an amazing botanist. He is like plant encyclopedia. It is such a wonderful video. Thanks for sharing, Summer. Keep up the good work.

  85. Johannes Bong says:

    RIP Chanin. Dr. Piyakaset is such an amazing botanist. He is like plant encyclopedia. It is such a wonderful video. Thanks for sharing, Summer. Keep up the good work.

  86. Tonya Glover says:

    Out of many short films you have shared Summer, this one is my favorite. How beautiful nature is! RIP to your friend and follow botanist, may his family find love, sunshine and peace.

  87. bestco business Ideas says:

    The video was amazing but a sad ending. I got the name of a fern ( elaphoglossum marinating) which I'm growing here in TN of India. Where I was searching for it name everwhere and I couldn't find it.

  88. Sally Henry says:

    You can really feel the passion for what you two love and I'm so happy that you are here to share it with us ! So sorry for your lost! Thanks for this very special episode.

  89. Veggiek8 Boud says:


  90. Twisty Sunshine says:

    This is such a good video. Love meeting such knowledgeable and neat people through your videos
    That ending is so rough. I hope Chanin's family and friends recover well and remember him fondly

  91. Carl Fisher says:

    Last night, a few hours after I watched this video. One of my two dogs, both old men, suffered a paracardial effusion out of no where, and had to be put down. Life is incredibly fragile for something so precious.

  92. Sharon Buening says:

    So sad for such a beautiful video

  93. Pauline Mah says:

    So sorry for the loss….condolences to all who knew him

  94. Itsosupercool ! says:

    It's really great to have these wonderful species shown in their natural habitat. If you'd hike up most mountains without a botanist, you'd miss these tiny miracles. Shame it had to end on such a somber note.

  95. Klaus Gehrmann says:

    This is such a great video to watch, even for people that are not plant aficionados, just to see your passion for plants, Summer you really have a way for handling beetles….and thank you for sharing such a personal experience. Sorry for the loss.

  96. Casey Brown says:

    This is how I feel taking a friend through a botanic garden or plant shop naming all of the plants in sight 😂

    RIP botanist Chanin 💚

  97. Tassar Boyu says:

    I love u R so good n cool n awesome

  98. feather grey says:

    Hey summer! i have tremendous respect for you and the passion that you have for plants. i think we need more and ore people like you. watching you makes me really happy. The way that you looked at the lipstick plant in the wild, i really felt that i was there experiencing that for myself. i often go out into the woods and love to observe the plants in the wild. and it was really fulfilling to actually see that video. condolences on your friends demise. and death does provide us with a clearer perspective of our lives, i truly feel that. thanks for this amazzing video. lots and lots of love.

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