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Flora Unveiled: The Discovery and Denial of Sex in Plants

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  • Provides a new theory to explain a longstanding problem in the history of botany: why did it take so long to discover sex in plants, and why was it such a contentious topic for another 150 years after the theory was proposed
  • Covers an extremely broad range, from the Paleolithic to the nineteenth century
  • Represents a broad synthesis of multiple fields and disciplines, including botany, history, anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, literature, history of science, gender studies, comparative religion, and philosophy
  • Richly illustrated and aimed at the general audience, which sets it apart from other books in this field

By: Lincoln Taiz (Author), Lee Taiz (Illustrator)

520 pages, 215 illustrations

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Feb 2017 | #233114 | ISBN-13: 9780190490263
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About this book

Flora Unveiled focuses on how the the scientific discovery of "plant sex" unfolded due to cultural biases, beliefs, and perceptions about plant reproduction. Flora Unveiled is a deep history of perceptions about plant gender and sexuality, from the Paleolithic to the nineteenth century. The evidence suggests that a plants-as-female gender bias both prevented the discovery of two sexes in plants until the late 17th century, and delayed its acceptance for another 150 years.

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