Long used in courtship rituals, sweet smelling flowers developed their fragrances to attract insects.
A world without them might not be as nice as we might think...
There's nothing more artificial than artificial flowers, right? But what about natural, artificial flowers?
Ever notice how a little cologne can be attractive, but too much is totally repellent? That principle is used by cycads, an ancient type of cone-bearing tree.
Have you ever been walking in the woods and noticed the smell of sweaty feet? Find out more on this Moment of Science.
Have you heard the urban legend that the little crunchy seeds in figs are really wasp eggs?
What reigns among the fastest moving things on Earth? Light, of course. Bullets and rocketships. High-speed trains. What about plants?
The natural fragrance of flowers counts among the simpler pleasures in life.The delicate aroma of a rose in bloom is something that does not require explanation; we enjoy it simply and intuitively.