I'm trying to locate something I saw on television, most likely before 2000. It may have been a movie or an episode of a tv show. Any help you can offer would be appreciated.
The key points that I remember are as follows:
- An exploration team arrive in a location densely populated with plants
- They find small, neat piles of pale sand/dust in numerous locations.
- Analysis reveals that the dust is dehydrated animal tissue.
- One researcher (female) takes a flower clipping back to base and places it in a glass of water.
- The clipping grows rapidly into a web of creeper vines and attacks.
- A character is caught in the vines, constricted, and rapidly dehydrates, turning to dust.
- The team also finds a house in the overgrown location. (It may have contained a greenhouse or biolab with information on the plants.)
- There may have been teleportation technology involved in getting between the base and the overgrown location.
- It may have been revealed that the entire planet is overgrown.
- The base may have been underground, or it may have been a spaceship, or a submarine or ship. I only recall seeing internal shots of the base, and it was mainly made of metal.
- I scanned the episode synopses for Stargate, but couldn't find anything promising. I may have overlooked it, though, so I'm not ruling Stargate out.
The most important point is that there are flowering, vine-like plants that can turn humans into dust in a matter of seconds.
EDIT 1/1/23: I just hope my brain isn't mashing together The Omega Glory (piles of white dust), Dr. Terror's House of Horror (white house overgrown by a murderous vine),
and Zero Hour (bunker overrun by fast-growing plants). All of them feel familiar and match different aspects of what I pictured, but aren't quite right (also, I haven't found a source for "flower is placed in a glass of water and grows exponentially while character is away").
Corrected the date - it's unlikely that I saw it after 2000.
EDIT 15/1/23: I was almost convinced that the memory was fabrication, with various shows contributing:
- Star Trek, "The Omega Glory" - instant (if offscreen) dehydration, leaving only powdered remains; security officer disintegrated (by a phaser) lying down - however, no plants, no entanglement
- Stargate, "The Gamekeeper" - the entire garden location (way too familiar), the (mechanical) vine restraints - however, no disintegration
- Dr. Terror's House of Horror - murderous vine, afraid of fire; nice house surrounded by green - however, again, no disintegration, and no militaresque base
- Buffy - all the vamp dustings
- Stargate Atlantis, "The Seed" - scarily accurate scenes including focus on the water glass next to the bed (no flower though), vines taking over the room, Ronon being restrained, etc. - however, Atlantis aired WAY outside the timeframe (2008)