We have this plant in the office -- actually a small tree. We've always thought it was a palm plant, and it's always just been there. Last Friday it bloomed. This morning the secretary was burning a scented candle, and the aroma got pretty strong, so she blew it out. The fragrance grew throughout the day until mid-afternoon, and it was very overpowering, causing her eyes to tun red and her sinuses to plug up. We tracked it down and realized it was the bloom on the plant. The one bloom was like spring hyacinth, but much, much stronger.
This plant has never bloomed in anyone's memory. I've been in this office for 9 years, and I've never seen it bloom; the others have been there longer. Jack looked at me accusingly and said, "well, maybe a bee got in here SOMEHOW and sent it into flowering mode." (I explained it doesn't work that way.) But nobody knows why it chose to bloom now.
Below are pictures of the plant and the flower. Can anyone identify it?