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Golden Yellow Daffodil
Narcissus papyraceus

Flower Petal # 7+
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Narcissus Genus


This image was taken in Utah, but this flower is found worldwide.

Taken on April 2, 2009.

General Information

The name comes from Greek mythology. A young man called Narcissus, who became so obsessed with his own reflection as he kneeled and gazed into a pool of water that he fell into the water and drowned.

In the myth, the Narcissus plant then grew from the place where he died. And as you would guess, you might find the Narcissus flower growing near lakes, looking into the water.

Narcissus is the botanic name for a genus of mainly hardy, mostly spring-flowering, bulbs in the Amaryllis family native to Europe, North Africa, and Asia.

Daffodil is a common English name, sometimes used now for all varieties, and is the chief common name of horticultural prevalence used by the American Daffodil Society.

All Narcissus species have a central trumpet, bowl, or disc-shaped corona surrounded by a ring of six floral leaves called the perianth which is united into a tube at the forward edge of the 3-locular ovary.

The seeds are black, round and swollen with hard coat.

The three outer segments are sepals, and the three inner segments are petals. Though the traditional daffodil of folklore, poetry, and field may have a yellow to golden-yellow color all over, both in the wild species and due to breeding, the perianth and corona may be variously colored.

All Narcissus varieties contain the alkaloid poison lycorine, mostly in the bulb but also in the leaves.

In kampo (traditional Japanese medicine), wounds were treated with narcissus root and wheat flour paste, though it does not appear in the modern kampo herb list. The Roman physician Aulus Cornelius Celsus listed narcissus root in De Medicina among medical herbs, described as emollient, erodent, and "powerful to disperse whatever has collected in any part of the body".

One of the most common dermatitis problems for florists, "daffodil itch" involves dryness, fissures, scaling, and erythema in the hands, often accompanied by subungual hyperkeratosis (thickening of the skin beneath the nails). It is blamed on exposure to calcium oxalate in the sap.

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Golden Yellow Daffodil - Flower - gardengeek

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April 02, 2009
Very beautiful shot!

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