Wild Daffodil
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Wild Daffodil
ntroduced Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Wild Daffodil, Lent lily, Tenby daffodil, Trumpet Narcissus • Hindi: पीली नर्गिस Peeli nargis
Botanical name: Narcissus pseudonarcissus    Family: Amaryllidaceae (Nargis family)

Wild Daffodil is a perennial herb arising out of bulb. It has pale yellow flowers with a darker central trumpet. Flowers are fragrant, 5-7 cm wide. Flower-tube is 1.5-2 cm, tapering abruptly to base; distinct portions of tepals are erect to spreading, yellow, often twisted, 2.5-3.5 × 1-1.5 cm, tip pointed. Corona, the central trumpet, is yellow, tubular, 3-3.5 × 1.5-2.5 cm, the opening flared and ruffled. Stamens protrude to only midlength of the corona. Style extends 2-5 mm beyond anthers. Flower- stalks are 0.5-1 cm. The strap-like, upright, grey-green leaves of the wild daffodil are also distinctive. The species is native to Western Europe from Spain and Portugal east to Germany and north to England and Wales. It is commonly grown in gardens and populations have become established in many other parts of Europe. Wild plants grow in woods, grassland and on rocky ground. Wild Daffodil is also cultivated in India, apart from the more common daffodil which is called Nargis in India.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Delhi.
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