Chemistry 101

Tue, 08 Nov 2005 23:53:38 PST
I've been watching this discussion with fascination (and learning a lot).
This is as a chemistry major who wished he didn't have to give up biological
sciences (in our school system of the time in the UK) so early.

My half-pennorth is to observe that at least some botanists seem to think
sea spray (high in chloride and containing potassium as well as sodium) is a
significant factor in the occurrence of Scilla and related species near
coasts here in the West of England. So we have swards of bluebells on open
headlands and both autumn and spring Squill occur on cliff-tops near the

And it has been suggested to me - again by a botanist - that our bluebell
(Hyacinthoides) relies on high potassium wherever it grows naturally -
woodland being naturally high in that element from the rotting wood (the old
names help here - "potash" literally means what it says - wood ash has a lot
of potassium).

Oh - and where Pancratium grows it must get a regular dose of neat

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