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Narcissus tazetta

Higher Taxonomy
Family: AmaryllidaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Perennial herb, generally from bulb, coat membranous. Stem: erect, generally cylindric, solid. Leaf: basal, sessile. Inflorescence: scapose, umbel-like or 1-flowered; bracts generally 2(8), conspicuous, +- fused. Flower: perianth often with a conspicuous, +- tubular crown, parts 6, in 2 whorls, petal-like, [free to] +- fused, radial or not; stamens 6, +- fused to perianth, +- united, anthers attached at base; ovary inferior, chambers 3, each many-ovuled, style 1, stigmas 1 or 3. Fruit: generally capsule, dry, loculicidal, or fleshy berry.
Genera In Family: +- 60 genera, 800 species.
eFlora Treatment Author: Dale W. McNeal
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: NarcissusView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Bulb ovoid. Leaf: (1)several, +- linear, flat. Inflorescence: umbel-like, 1--20-flowered; bract 1, membranous or +- papery. Flower: pedicelled or not, generally fragrant; perianth parts fused below, reflexed to erect above, crown a conspicuous tube; stamens free from, generally included in crown; style 1, stigma minutely 3-lobed. Fruit: capsule, loculicidal, papery to leathery. Seed: many, black.
Species In Genus: +- 26 species: Europe, northern Africa, Asia. Etymology: (Greek: mythological youth who falls in love with his own reflection and is changed into a flower) Note: Extreme variation in perianth color from long history of cultivation; only most common colors indicated here. Plants with perianth parts, crown generally white belong to Narcissus papyraceus Ker Gawl., reported (but evidently not documented) for California in FNANM, similar to, possibly same sp. as, Narcissus tazetta.

Narcissus tazetta L.
Habit: Bulb 4--6 cm, 3--5 cm wide, coats pale to dark brown. Stem: 25--45 cm. Leaf: 4, 20--45 cm, flat, glaucous. Inflorescence: bract 4--6 cm, pale brown, papery. Flower: very fragrant; perianth 2--4 cm wide, tube 1.5--2 cm, gradually tapered to base, parts spreading to reflexed, linear-ovate to oblanceolate, acute, generally white to cream, crown 5--10 mm wide, crenate to ruffled, generally yellow.
Ecology: Disturbed places, former home sites; Elevation: < 600 m. Bioregional Distribution: SnFrB, SCo, n ChI, WTR, PR; Distribution Outside California: Iran, widely naturalized elsewhere. Flowering Time: Spring Note: Highly polymorphic, cultivated for centuries.
eFlora Treatment Author: Dale W. McNeal
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Citation for this treatment: Dale W. McNeal 2016. Narcissus tazetta, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on October 28, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on October 28, 2016.

Geographic subdivisions for Narcissus tazetta:
SnFrB, SCo, n ChI, WTR, PR;
Markers link to CCH specimen records. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues. Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
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(Note: any qualifiers in the taxon distribution description, such as 'northern', 'southern', 'adjacent' etc., are not reflected in the map above, and in some cases indication of a taxon in a subdivision is based on a single collection or author-verified occurence).

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