Species of the day: Narcissus poeticus

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This month, we just started our pollination work on Narcissus poeticus (poet’s daffodil), one of the oldest oldest known species of daffodils. Among the first daffodils to be cultivated, this species is native to central and southern Europe and large populations can be observed in Spain and France. However, it is naturalized in a wide number of countries such as Great Britain, Turkey, Canada and United States. It is extremely fragrant,  and has a short yellow  with a distinct reddish edge that allows this species to be determined quite well.

It is the type species of the genus Narcissus. What if I told you that this species is playing hide-and-seek with other species from Sect. Pseudonarcissus? Stay tuned for more results 🙂

 

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