Looking for the title and author of a short story, description follows...
Two men, possibly cadets in some sort of space force or army but my memory is not so clear are lost in the wilderness on an alien planet. They think they can survive because the weather is good and there is lots of plant life and vegetation but the prettier the life form the more deadly it is.
Specifically, I recall a scene where one of the characters picks a flower and sniffs it, partly to show he is not scared at being lost, partly to show he is not sure at being menaced by every life form the pair encounter. The scent or pollen he inhales triggers something approximating an asthma attack.
Towards the end of the story the pair encounter a gigantic serpent/snake like creature that ultimately protects them and they start to understand that on this planet the more beautiful a creature or plant looks the more likely it into be deadly.