Histories of Plant-Thinking

Plant bodies have always been entangled with human ones. Following the discovery of sexual reproduction in plants in the late seventeenth century, this entanglement becomes eroticized in new ways, as plants are used as models for understanding human reproduction and vice versa.* The Linnaean sexual system of classifying plants, the object of lively debate throughout the eighteenth century, is a particularly well-known and influential instance of such crossover, according to which plants are described as entering into marriages and acting as "husbands" or "wives."