Great article from “The Annals of Improbable Research” on “Artificae Plantae: The Taxonomy, Ecology and Ethnobotany of Simulacra.” It is about time someone did this research:
A previously unacknowledged plant family of significant economic importance plants has been flourishing around us for many years. The fact that this immense and diverse family has been heretofore ignored by most botanists is astonishing–its members are found worldwide in nearly every society. This family is more than a botanical curiosity. It is a scientific conundrum, as the taxa:
1.lack genetic material,
2.appear virtually immortal and
3.have the ability to form intergeneric crosses with ease, despite the lack of any evident mechanism for cross-fertilization.
I wonder where they’d place the play-dough gingko tree Isaiah made?