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Narcissus tazetta

Narcissus tazetta Germasogeia (Yermasoyia), Cyprus, Photo: Augusta Stylianou

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Ordo: Asparagales

Familia: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamilia: Amaryllidoideae
Tribus: Narcisseae
Genus: Narcissus
Subgenus: N. subg. Hermione
Sectio: N. sect. Tazettae
Species: Narcissus tazetta
Subspecies: N. t. subsp. aureus – N. t. subsp. canariensis – N. t. subsp. chinensis – N. t. subsp. italicus – N. t. subsp. tazetta

Narcissus tazetta L., Sp. Pl. 1: 290 (1753).

Narcissus multiflorus Lam., Fl. Franç. 3: 391 (1779), nom. superfl.
Hermione tazetta (L.) Haw., Suppl. Pl. Succ.: 142 (1819).
Jonquilla tazetta (L.) Raf., Fl. Tellur. 4: 21 (1838).
Pancratium tazetta (L.) Sessé & Moc., Fl. Mexic., ed. 2: 85 (1894).
Narcissus tazetta subsp. eutazetta Briq., Prodr. Fl. Corse: 326 (1910), nom. inval..
Narcissus linnaeanus Rouy in G.Rouy & J.Foucaud, Fl. France 13: 40 (1912), nom. illeg.
Narcissus linnaeanus subsp. tazetta Rouy in G.Rouy et J.Foucaud, Fl. France 13: 47 (1912), nom. inval.


N. × compressus – N. × cyclazetta – N. × magnenii – N. × medioluteus – N. × rogendorfii – N. × victoriae

Narcissus × cadevallii Sennen (Bol. Soc. Aragonesa Ci. Nat. 11 (9-10) 245 (1912)) represent hybrids between subsp. italicus and subsp. tazetta.
Native distribution areas:

Continental: Europe
Regional: Southwestern Europe
Baleares, Corse, France, Portugal (introduced), Sardegna, Spain.
Regional: Southeastern Europe
Albania, Greece, Italy, Kriti, Sicilia, Turkey-in-Europe (introduced), Yugoslavia.
Continental: Africa
Regional: Northern Africa
Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia.
Regional: Macaronesia
Canary Islands (Gran Canaria, Tenerife)
Continental: Asia-Temperate
Regional: Middle Asia
Turkmenistan, Tadzhikistan (introduced), Uzbekistan
Regional: Caucasus
Transcaucasus (introduced)
Regional: Western Asia
Afghanistan, Cyprus, East Aegean Islands, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon-Syria, Palestine, Sinai, Turkey.
Regional: China
China Southeast (Fujian, Zhejiang).
Regional: Eastern Asia
Japan, Korea (introduced).
Continental: Asia-Tropical
Regional: Indian Subcontinent
West Himalaya (introduced).
Continental: Australasia (all introduced)
Regional: Australia
Norfolk Islands, South Australia, Western Australia.
Regional: New Zealand
New Zealand North, New Zealand South.
Continental: Northern America (all introduced)
Regional: Northwestern U.S.A.
Regional: Southwestern U.S.A.
Regional: South-Central U.S.A.
Regional: Southeastern U.S.A.
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia.
Regional: Mexico
Mexico Central.
Continental: Southern America
Regional: Caribbean
Bermuda (introduced).

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition

Linnaeus, C. 1753. Species Plantarum. Tomus I: 290. Reference page.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Narcissus tazetta in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2019 Dec 03. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2018. Narcissus tazetta. Published online. Accessed: Aug. 06 2018.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Narcissus tazetta in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 2007-10-06.

Vernacular names
Deutsch: Strauß-Narzisse
suomi: Tasetti, sarjanarsissi
עברית: נרקיס מצוי
日本語: スイセン

Narcissus tazetta (paperwhite, bunch-flowered narcissus, bunch-flowered daffodil,[1] Chinese sacred lily, cream narcissus, joss flower, polyanthus narcissus) is a perennial ornamental plant that grows from a bulb. Cultivars of N. tazetta include 'Paperwhite', 'Grand Soleil d'Or' and 'Ziva', which are popularly used for forcing indoors, as is the form of N. tazetta known as Chinese Sacred Lily.[2][3][4]

Narcissus tazetta

Narcissus tazetta, Germasogeia (Yermasoyia), Cyprus, Photo: Augusta Stylianou

Narcissus tazetta

Narcissus tazetta, Germasogeia (Yermasoyia), Cyprus, Photo: Augusta Stylianou

The mountain ecotype in Israel
Close-up on flowers

Narcissus tazetta is amongst the tallest of the narcissi, and can grow to a height of up to 80 centimetres (31 in),[5] with thin, flat leaves up to 40 centimetres (16 in) long and 15 millimetres (0.59 in) wide. Umbels have as many as 8 flowers, white with a yellow corona.[6][7][8][9][10]

Six subspecies are accepted by the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families:[11]

N. tazetta subsp. aureus (Jord. & Fourr.) Baker[12] syn. N. bertolonii – south-east France, Sardinia, north-west Italy, Algeria, Morocco
N. tazetta subsp. canariensis (Burb.) Baker[13] – Canary Islands
N. tazetta subsp. chinensis (M.Roem.) Masam. & Yanagih.[14][15] – south-east China, Japan, South Korea
N. tazetta subsp. corcyrensis (Herb.) Baker[16] – Corfu (Greece)
N. tazetta subsp. italicus (Ker Gawl.) Baker[13] syn. N. italicus – Mediterranean from southern France to Greece
N. tazetta subsp. tazetta – widely distributed from the western Mediterranean to Afghanistan


Narcissus tazetta contains a fragrant compound found in only a few other plants, including roses and Acnistus arborescens, called orcinol dimethyl ether, which is almost undetectable to the human nose. Experiments with honeybees have shown they can readily detect it.[17]

Narcissus tazetta is a widespread species, native to the Mediterranean region from Portugal to Turkey. It is also naturalized across the Middle East, Central Asia, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal and Bhutan, as well as the Canary Islands, China (Fujian, Zhejiang), Japan, Australia, Korea, Norfolk Island, New Zealand, Bermuda, Mexico and the United States (Oregon, California, Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia)[18] and South America.[19]

Narcissus tazetta is grown commercially for its essential oil, mostly in southern France. An interspecies hybrid, with Narcissus poeticus, is also grown for its essential oil.[20]

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Rafinesque, Constantine Samuel. 1848. Flora Telluriana 4: 21 Jonquilla tazetta
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Sessé y Lacasta, Martín & Mociño, José Mariano. 1894. Flora Mexicana ed. 2: 85 Pancratium tazetta
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Chile Flora

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van Kampen et fils, Nicolas (1760). Traité des fleurs à oignons: contenant tout ce qui est nécessaire pour les bien cultiver, fondé sur une expérience de plusieurs années (in French). Harlem: Bohn. Retrieved 26 December 2014. translated into English as (van Kampen & Son 1764)
van Kampen & Son, Nicolas (1764). The Dutch florist, or, True method of managing all sorts of flowers with bulbous roots (translated (Harrison) from French: (van Kampen et fils 1760)) (2 ed.). London: Baldwin. Retrieved 26 December 2014. "Next to the Hyacinths, Tulips, Ranunculuses, and Anemones, of which we have treated already, the Polyanthus Narcissus holds the first place and demands our chief attention"


Rivka Dulberger (September 1964). "Flower Dimorphism and Self-Incompatibility in Narcissus tazetta L." Evolution. 18 (3): 361–363. doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.1964.tb01613.x. JSTOR 2406347. S2CID 88184240.
ARROYO, JUAN; DAFNI, AMOTS (January 1995). "Variations in habitat, season, flower traits and pollinators in dimorphic Narcissus tazetta L. (Amaryllidaceae) in Israel". New Phytologist. 129 (1): 135–145. doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.1995.tb03017.x. PMID 33874423.
Krelage, JH (17 April 1890). "On Polyanthus Narcissi". Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society. 12 (Daffodil Conference and Exhibition): 339–346. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
Ooi, Linda (Mar 2010). "Narcissus tazetta lectin shows strong inhibitory effects against respiratory syncytial virus, influenza A (H1N1, H3N2, H5N1) and B viruses". Journal of Biosciences (Bangalore. 35 (1): 95–103. doi:10.1007/s12038-010-0012-8. PMC 7091448. PMID 20413914. Retrieved 30 April 2015.


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