Distribution in Egypt
Mediterranean region and Sinai.
Mediterranean region, Sinai, Caucasus, southwest Asia.
Regularity: Regularly occurring
Localities documented in Tropicos sources
Argentina (South America)
United States (North America)
Note: This information is based on publications available through Tropicos and may not represent the entire distribution. Tropicos does not categorize distributions as native or non-native.
- Radford, A. E., H. E. Ahles & C. R. Bell. 1968. Man. Vasc. Fl. Carolinas i–lxi, 1–1183. University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill. http://www.tropicos.org/Reference/636
- Correll, D. S. & M. C. Johnston. 1970. Man. Vasc. Pl. Texas i–xv, 1–1881. The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson. http://www.tropicos.org/Reference/1493
- Munz, P. A. 1974. Fl. S. Calif. 1–1086. University of California Press, Berkeley. http://www.tropicos.org/Reference/1719
- Fabris, H. A. 1968. Amaryllidaceae, Zingiberaceae, Maranthaceae, Cannaceae in A.L. Cabrera. 4(1): 520–535. In A. L. Cabrera Fl. Prov. Buenos Aires. Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria, Buenos Aires. http://www.tropicos.org/Reference/43844
- Flora of China Editorial Committee. 2000. Fl. China 24: 1–431. Science Press & Missouri Botanical Garden Press, Beijing & St. Louis. http://www.tropicos.org/Reference/1018516
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.
EOL content is automatically assembled from many different content providers. As a result, from time to time you may find pages on EOL that are confusing.
To request an improvement, please leave a comment on the page. Thank you!