Akamas Narcissus

Published 7th of March, 2021

The Akamas is home to an abundance of wildflowers, from orchids to wild tulips. Near Arodes, there is a certain field set aside for a small yet very beautiful flower. Come and say hello to the Akamas Narcissus.

Spring Sunshine

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We visited the site twice to make this blog. The first time, it was quite overcast, so we came back again when the sun was out. This blog will be a mixture of pictures from both visits, as the flowers were at their peak during the first visit.

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Information Sign

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At the field, which is near Arodes, there is a handy information sign.

Plant Family: Amaryllidaceae

Perennial, bulbous herb with inflorescence 12-30 cm high.

White flowers with orange-yellow crown and intense fragrance.

It flowers from November to February.

Common indigenous species of Cyprus.

It grows between shrubs, open pine forests, field bays and rocky outcrops (altitude 0 - 850 metres).

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The sign continues:

Myth

The name of the plant derives from the mythological Narcissus, the son of the god Kifissos, and the forest nymph Liriope. According to the legend, Narcissus was so handsome that when he looked at his reflection in the water, the young man was left to die of starvation and in his place appeared the homonymous flower with the golden wreath in the centre of the flower.

Additionally, the Latin tazetta that marks this species refers to the shape of the corolla whis is cup-like ie "taza" in Italian.

Looking Good

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These are the objects of our attention today. And aren't they lovely?

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There will be other flowers featured too though, like this anemone.

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