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Not to be confused with anthrophobia, the fear of people.

Anthophobia is an abnormal and persistent fear of flowers.[1] The term comes from the Greek roots anthos, flower, and phobos, fear.

Though sufferers generally understand that they face no threat from flowers, they invariably experience anxiety at the sight or thought of them. Any genus or species of flowers can instill fear, as can any flower part, such as a petal or stem.[2]

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  1. ^ Doctor, Ronald M.; Kahn, Ada P.; Adamec, Christine (2009). The Encyclopedia of Phobias, Fears, and Anxieties. Infobase Publishing. ISBN 1438120982. 
  2. ^ Sherman, Sondra; Metcalf, Bruce (2007). Anthophobia: Fear of Flowers. Sienna. ISBN 0977455963.