Need help identifying a plant very strong odor?

Need help identifying a plant very strong odor? Topic: Contacts case smells
July 18, 2019 / By Candice
Question: I was recently walking at a local park. At one point I walked when I was walking one of the trails I smelled what at first smelled like cooked corn from a can. The closer I got to the origin of the smell it became very strong and pungant. It was almost unbearable. It felt like the inside of my nose was burning. I had to plug my nose and run out of the area. Becasue I'm not familiar with plants even if I could have stayed in the area long enough to look I wouldn't have been able to decided which one was producing the smell, so I don't know what it looks like. I'm sorry I don't have any more descriptive infor for you, except that at first it smelled almost exaclty like cooked corn then the closer I got to the plant it became stronger and unbearable. After leaving the area I still felt my nasal passages swelling and the burning sensation lasted for quite sometime. I am really trying to figure out what this plant is so in case I'm just a strange case and am extra allergic to this plant I would like to know or if this is a reaction that anyone would have when they come in close contact with the plant.Thanks so much for your help!!
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Amaryllis Amaryllis | 8 days ago
That sort of sounds like fennel which can be overpowering even to my normally week nose. Some other members of the carrot family also smell very strong. As a young plant fennel, which is the same plant sold in grocery stores, looks like a feathery little bush. That seems to me when they are the most smelly. I can smell them a hundred feet away easily sometimes. I like the smell though and it never caused me discomfort. You could be allergic to the compound in the smell. It is potent at times. It is far more aromatic than the fennel in stores. They seem to lose most of the smell as they get larger. I am not very good at describing odors but I can see a similarity to some corn. I would have a hard time explaining it any better because I can't really think of anything that smells like that. http://www.calabriafromscratch.com/wp-co... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fennel
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Are you sure it smelled like corn and not rotten eggs because that's what sulfur smell like and that does burn maybe some one tipped it on the plant but what did the plant look like?
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