Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Lily of the Valley, Part II

So yesterday when I was writing my post I researched Lily of the Valley...

OMG, I had no idea, here is what WIKIPEDIA has to say about them:

Convallaria majalis commonly known as the Lily of the Valley, is a sweetly scented (and highly poisonous) woodland flowering plant that is native throughout the cool temperate Northern Hemisphere in Asia, Europe and in the southern Appalachian Mountains in the United States.

The odor of lily of the valley, specifically the ligand bourgeonal, attracts mammal sperm in a dramatic manner. The 2003 discovery of this phenomenon prompted a new wave of research into odor reception,but no evidence was found that the female sex organ has similar odors of any kind.

A 2012 study demonstrated instead that at high concentrations, bourgeonal imitated the role of progesterone in stimulating sperm to swim (chemotaxis), a process unrelated to odor reception.

OMG, just OMG.

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