Flora unveiled : the discovery and denial of sex in plants / Lincoln Taiz and Lee Taiz
- Taiz, Lincoln
- New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2018.
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white), map (black and white)
- Additional Creators:
- Taiz, Lee
- Machine generated contents note: 1.The Quandary Over Plant Sex -- 2.The Discovery of Sex -- 3.Crop Domestication and Gender -- 4.Plant-Female Iconography in Neolithic Europe -- 5.Sacred Trees and Enclosed Gardens -- 6.Mystic Plants and Aegean Nature Goddesses -- 7.The "Plantheon" of Greek Mythology -- 8.Plant Sex from Empedocles to Theophrastus -- 9.Roman Assimilation of Greek Myths and Botany -- 10.From Herbals to Walled Gardens: Plant Gender and Iconography -- 11.Troubadours, Romancing the Rose, and the Rebirth of Naturalism -- 12.The Difficult Birth of the Two-Sex Model -- 13.Plant Nuptials in the Linnaean Era -- 14.Behind the Green Door: Love and Lust in Eighteenth-Century Botany -- 15.Wars of the Roses: Ideology Versus Experiment -- 16.Idealism and Asexualism in the Age of Goethe -- 17.Sex and the Single Cryptogam -- 18.Flora's Secret Gardens.
- 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.
- 9780190868673 (ebook)
- Audience Notes:
- Previously issued in print: 2017.
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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