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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
Available for pre-order: Due Feb 2017 Details
NHBS Price: £45.99 $56/€52 approx

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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