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Thursday, 24 August 2017

FFF300 - DAFFODILS

Narcissus is a genus of predominantly spring perennial plants in the Amaryllidaceae (amaryllis) family. Various common names including daffodil, daffadowndilly, narcissus, and jonquil are used to describe all or some members of the genus. Narcissus has conspicuous flowers with six petal-like tepals surmounted by a cup- or trumpet-shaped corona. The flowers are generally white or yellow (orange or pink in garden varieties), with either uniform or contrasting coloured tepals and corona.

Narcissus were well known in ancient civilisation, both medicinally and botanically, but formally described by Linnaeus' in his "Species Plantarum" (1753). The genus is generally considered to have about ten sections with approximately 50 species. The number of species has varied, depending on how they are classified, due to similarity between species and hybridisation. The genus arose some time in the Late Oligocene to Early Miocene epochs, in the Iberian peninsula and adjacent areas of southwest Europe.

The exact origin of the name Narcissus is unknown, but it is often linked to a Greek word for intoxicated (narcotic) and the myth of the youth of that name who fell in love with his own reflection. The English word 'daffodil' appears to be derived from "asphodel", with which it was commonly compared.

The species are native to meadows and woods in southwest Europe and North Africa with a centre of diversity in the Western Mediterranean, particularly the Iberian peninsula. Both wild and cultivated plants have naturalised widely, and were introduced into the Far East prior to the tenth century. Narcissi tend to be long-lived bulbs, which propagate by division, but are also insect-pollinated. Known pests, diseases and disorders include viruses, fungi, the larvae of flies, mites and nematodes. Some Narcissus species have become extinct, while others are threatened by increasing urbanisation and tourism.

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10 comments:

  1. Great to see narcissus-es twice a year because of bloggig:)

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  2. Hello Nick,
    I love daffodils. They are the first in spring!
    Have a nice weekend,
    greetings
    moni

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  3. Hello Nick,
    The first in spring! Gorgeous to see them twice a year.
    Have a nice weekend..
    Greetings
    Elke

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  4. Hallo Nick,
    bei uns wird es Herbst, bei Euch Frühling, so dass die Narzissen blühen.
    Da wird einem erst bewusst, welch eine Entfernung uns trennt. Wie schön,
    dass die Bloggerwelt dies möglich macht.
    Ein schönes Wochenende und liebe Grüße sendet Edith aus Germany

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  5. Nick, William Wordsworth got it right. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Lovely capture and they reminds me reading lamps!

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  7. They remind me of spring.
    Thank you for hosting.

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  8. We have them here and I value them because the deer don't eat them!

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