Geoffrey Grigson could have started it. Inside the Englishman’s Flora regarding the 1950s he told how the French (who else?) placed branches of hawthorn outside the windows of any young woman. «The stale, sweet fragrance through the triethylamine the plants have makes them suggestive of sex.»
Richard Mabey picks this up in their present Flora Britannica, where he describes that «the triethlyamine accountable for the stale take into account hawthorn’s complicated odor is among the very very first chemicals produced whenever living muscle begins to decay» and reminds nurses that have worked in Africa associated with odor of gangrene.
«Yet triethylamine’s fishy scent,» he continues on, «is additionally the scent of intercourse – one thing rarely acknowledged in folklore, but implicit in a lot of the culture that is popular of hawthorn.»
Charles Nelson, later of our nationwide Botanic Gardens, believes that botanists «never agree about perfumes». The Burren’s fragrant orchid, Gymnadenia conopsea, as an example, has plants that, for him, are perfumed with vanilla. «Others assert that the fragrance resembles cloves or plastic, which reminds me personally regarding the equation of old socks or fine hock that is old the perfume associated with the Ca tree poppy – an aroma can be as much into the head as beauty is within the attention associated with the beholder.»