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Flora Unveiled: The Discovery and Denial of Sex in Plants

Lincoln Taiz and Lee Taiz

Abstract

Sex in animals has been known for at least ten thousand years, and this knowledge was exploited during animal domestication in the Neolithic period. In contrast, sex in plants wasn’t discovered until the late seventeenth century. Even after its discovery, the sexual “theory” continued to be hotly debated for another 150 years, pitting the “sexualists” against the “asexualists.” Why was the idea of sex in plants so contentious for so long? In answer, Flora Unveiled offers a deep history of perceptions concerning plant gender and sexuality, from the Paleolithic to the nineteenth century. Evidenc ... More

Keywords: Asexualists, Cultural biases, Domestication, Goddesses, Mary, One-sex model of plants, Plants-as-female, Sex in plants, Sexualists, Wilhelm Hofmeister

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190490263
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190490263.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lincoln Taiz, author
Professor Emeritus of Molecular and Developmental Biology, University of California Santa Cruz

Lee Taiz, author
Artist, Freelance