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narcissus

corona perianth species

A bulb native to Europe, the Mediterranean region, and W Asia; leaves strap-shaped; flowers solitary or several on a long stalk, central trumpet or cup (the corona), surrounded by six spreading perianth-segments, white, yellow, or pink; the corona often contrasting, sometimes red. Horticulturally a division is made into daffodils, with the corona equalling or longer than the perianth, and narcissi, with the corona shorter than the perianth. Many species and numerous cultivars are grown in gardens and for the cut-flower trade. (Genus: Narcissus, 60 species. Family: Amaryllidaceae.)

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