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What part of the flower makes the scent?

Question #81384. Asked by trevieboy.
Last updated Sep 16 2016.

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In most plants/flowers, scents begin as oils that are produced by the petals.
Plants use floral scents to attract pollinators or to repel harmful insects. Floral scents begin as oils that are produced by the petals in most plants. Because these oils evaporate easily in warm weather, scientists call them volatile compounds. The aroma of a flower may contain as few as seven to ten different oils, as in snapdragon or petunia, or as many as 100 different chemicals, as is the case with orchids.


Response last updated by Terry on Sep 16 2016.
Jun 02 2007, 9:27 PM
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