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*Narcissus Linnaeus. Daffodil, Jonquil, Narcissus, Buttercup.

Key to Narcissus

A genus of about 40-60 species, of Europe, n. Africa, and w. Asia.

Key advice:The familiar flower consists of 6 tepal lobes spreading in more or less a plane, and a fused, tubular or bowl-shaped corona (like a drinking glass or cup). The hypanthial tube is below the tepal lobes. Additional taxa and cultivars are under cultivation and may be expected as persistent or escaped in our area. This genus occurs in our region as a complicated set of species and cultivars which may not be possible to definitively identify to a species or primary hybrid. Manuals of cultivated plants and the extensive horticultural literature on Narcissus (such as the references listed) should be consulted by those interested in more information on members of this genus. For the British Isles (and this applies well here as well), Stace (2017) suggests that "the descriptions [and keys] mainly apply to the commonest wild variants of each taxon, but others (especially colour variants) occur and are then best assigned to the recognized Divisions of The International Daffodil Register (Kington 2008)".

Ref: Hanks (2002); Jefferson-Brown (1969); Jefferson-Brown (1991); Kington (2008); Meerow & Snijman In Kubitzki (1998a); Spaulding & Barger (2014); Stace (2010); Straley & Utech (2002f) In Flora of North America Editorial Committee (2002a). Show full citations.

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image of plant© Sam Kieschnick, some rights reserved (CC BY), uploaded by Sam Kieschnick | Narcissus jonquilla source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Gary P. Fleming | Narcissus poeticus | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Andrew Conboy, some rights reserved (CC BY), uploaded by Andrew Conboy | Narcissus tazetta source | Original Image ⭷


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