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Trapped in Time: Lingering with "Plantness"

Editorial letter
Authors Dawn Sanders
Published in Plants, People, Planet
Volume 1
Issue 2
Pages 64-66
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies
Pages 64-66
Language en
Keywords human perception, plant blindness, plant movement, plant speed, plant time, plant‐centric, plantness
Subject categories Biological Sciences, Educational Sciences


In modern urban existence, the complex lives of plants are often reduced to simple categories, which resonate with human utility. These categories speak little of the central role plants play in the ecological fabric of life on Earth. Plants have the ability to sense and respond to stimuli across various timescales and the time zones they inhabit are multi‐faceted. This complexity presents difficulties when the unfamiliar characteristics of "plantness" are revealed to everyday observers who may perceive plants as operating in a slow lane outside of their perception. This editorial draws attention to the rich time assemblages in which plants exist, and highlights the need for diverse representations with which to engage human attention to the botanical world.

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