Regularity: Regularly occurring
Distribution in Egypt
Mediterranean region and Sinai.
Mediterranean region, Sinai, Caucasus, southwest Asia.
Life History and Behavior
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Barcode data: Narcissus tazetta
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Narcissus tazetta
Public Records: 4
Specimens with Barcodes: 5
Species With Barcodes: 1
National NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded National Status Rank: NNA - Not Applicable
The Chinese sacred lily is neither sacred nor a lily. In the Romanized form of written Mandarin it is called shui xian hua (水仙花) which can be translated as water goddess flower. The botanical designation is Narcissus tazetta v. chinensis, or Ruen.
Its fragrance is quite different from that of its distant cousin, the paperwhite narcissus which has an animal scent to many people.
Special topiary carving techniques can be used to form leaves and flowers into fanciful shapes. The flower is an important element in the Chinese lunar new year celebration, and is sold at flower markets before the Chinese New Year. It is believed to be good luck to have the flower bloom on the first day of the Chinese lunar new year spring festival.
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