the carnivorous pitcher plant family nepenthes has a lot of traits that make them intriguing to botanists, but one of the most unique things about them is that they’re one of the only plant families in the world that are completely diecious; individuals are either entirely male or entirely female, something that occurs to some degree in about 6% of the plant kingdom. we don’t know a whole lot about how this works or what triggers it. nepenthes breeders find that sometimes, their plants will open for a bloom and will have changed genders entirely, with no apparent cause (this exclusive dioecy can be a great challenge in conservation settings, when there are only so many male and female plants in a remaining native environment, but this is a discussion for another time). where plants physiologically determine their sex is funky and weird and sometimes varies by species.
in these kinds of studies, there are also plant families, species, and populations that are found to be in a weird state of mixed dioecy. for example: some recent studies have been done on strawberry populations in various parts of the US. these populations have portions that are male, female, both, or neither. the sex ratios shift and are generally weird based on a lot of different factors, and even factors we dont know yet, as well as some we do. we know little about what triggers this, and what triggers a possible sex change in an individual plant. questions have been raised, in recent years, about where sex in a plant is determined, how its determined, and even- on a larger scale- if all plants are headed down this evolutionary path to the advantages provided by not always being hemaphrodites. sex and gender are strange, and so is nature.
so i guess what im saying is that the plants say ur gender is valid
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