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Ms. Treat

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Mary Treat (1830-1923) was an American-born naturalist devoted to the understanding of carnivorous plants. Throughout her many years of autodidactic study, Treat made extensive contributions to the botanical world, published several books and was an outspoken correspondent to Charles Darwin.

Treat and Darwin’s recorded discourse extends over five years, and most notably involves the inner workings of the Utricularia plant’s trap. Darwin believed insects wedged their heads into the traps, thus becoming stuck and then consumed. Treat’s extensive research, fueled by her curiosity and vigor for experimentation, revealed that the Utricularia plant actually snapped shut when small hairs around the entrance of the trap were triggered. Treat so influenced Darwin’s understanding on the subject that he references her several times in his Insectivorous Plants (1875).

Though much of Treat’s work has been forgotten, four species of plants and animals bear her name, including the ant species Aphaenogaster treatiae. Look hard enough, and you might spy one of the little critters within her leafy carnivorous menagerie.

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Story Resources:

– Richard, Frances (2008, Spring). Reversing the Regular Order of Nature: An Interview with Emilie Clark. Cabinet, Issue 29, 46-53.

– Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Lua_Adelia_Davis_Treat

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About Naturalist Collection

From cave drawings to String Theory, man’s desire to understand the world around him has been a constant influence on our species’ progression. Universities have been built, experiments undertaken and theories refined, all in the hallowed name of “science.” And while discoveries by men such as Darwin and Newton have made them household names, there are countless others whose scholarly work has been lost, forgotten or even usurped by other intellectuals. Our Spring 2010 wallpaper line highlights three such individuals, all of whom are women, whose phenomenal academic stories have fallen between the cracks of history. As female scientists in the nineteenth century, these women faced an oxymoronic distinction that their male counterparts eluded. Sexist barriers discouraged most young girls from the pursuit of an intellectual calling, yet our subjects persevered by challenging the status quo and developing their own route to recognized scholastic excellence. Each woman was largely self taught, and relied almost entirely on an innate passion for her respective field–something that makes their achievements all the more remarkable. Our bonnet is off to these unsung scientific heroines!