Plant phallicity

Not about language.

The cover of the 10 January Science:

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(The yellow medallion wasn’t on the physical cover, though it’s an entertaining addition.)

Confocal light microscopy image of a lateral root emerging from the main root (width: ~130 to 150 micrometers) of a young Arabidopsis thalania plant (link)

Arabidopsis is a pleasant little plant, much beloved of biologists:

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From Wikipedia:

Arabidopsis (rockcress) is a genus in the family Brassicaceae. They are small flowering plants related to cabbage and mustard. This genus is of great interest since it contains thale cress (Arabidopsis thaliana), one of the model organisms used for studying plant biology and the first plant to have its entire genome sequenced. Changes in thale cress are easily observed, making it a very useful model.

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