TOW surprise in fragrant bulbs
Thu, 15 Apr 2004 13:20:50 PDT
Dear All,

The last blooms of what I think is Ornithogalum suaveolens are about to fade 
(Or is it an Albuca? difficult to say) When I found the plants in the wild I 
hardly detected any scent same as now in my greenhouse but the friend with whom 
I travelled got very excited about what he described as a very poweful scent 
like the perfume 'Shalimar'. I have often noticed that some scents cannot be 
detected by certain people at all, especially the very powerful similar scents 
of Nicotiana sylvestris or Calonyction album. There may be other groups of 
volatile chemicals that cause scent that cannot be detected by certain people. 
I think it has to do with genetics but does anybody know better or more details 
about this?

Spring at last in Germany, Uli

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