Dendrophilia

Photography by Laura Hanifin Night Garden © 2014

The word “Phytophilia” has now been adopted by some in the sexology field to refer to those who have a fetishist or paraphilic interest in plants (i.e., individuals who derive sexual pleasure and sexual arousal from flora). It is an extension of dendrophilia, which is literally a love of trees. Both of these may involve actual sexual contact with trees and plants and their veneration as phallic symbols.

Sex and the wild world of nature have gone together since the beginning of time, with men ejaculating into fields on designated holy days, as sex and nature are the natural complement to each other. Contrary to man, plants feed themselves underground and have their sexual apparatus exposed to the world. Their sexual act is not independent: plants require an external element, such as the wind moving pollen, or an animal interacting with it. This is why flowers and plants are so aesthetically pleasant: they attract others with their looks, using their appearance as a means to survive.

Text by Marco Cendron.

Originally published in Dapper Dan 15, 2017.

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