Tazetta fragrance + flower fragrance in general

J.E. Shields jshields104@insightbb.com
Fri, 26 Dec 2003 15:42:35 PST
Hi all,

I'm enjoying the discussion of fragrances, and especially Mark McDonough's 
dissertation.  I must admit that it is however all a bit "academic' to me; 
I've been anosmic for the past 10 to 15 years.  (This is probably due to a 
combination of over 65 years of allergies plus ca. 40 years as a bench 

I try to view things like flower odors from a perspective of evolutionary 
biology.  Jane may have found a few stenches indescribable, but I'd guess 
they all have their counterparts in the animal kingdom.  Foul smelling 
flowers are usually pollinated by carrion or dung eating insects.

The sweet fragrances have apparently developed to attract other types of 
pollinators.  White, night blooming flowers have such fragrances, to draw 
their pollinators, usually moths, till they are close enough to see the 
pale flowers by the light of moon or stars.

Someone has already reminded us that bird-pollinated flowers are usually 
red in color but lack odors.  Most birds do not use their sense of smell to 
find food.

If a flower odor is hard to describe, you probably have just not 
encountered its model in the animal kingdom yet.

Best wishes,
Jim Shields
in central Indiana. where the sun was shinning today and the snow has 
almost disappeared

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