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Pancratium maritimum or sea daffodil /Azucena o lirio de mar

Pancratium maritimum

Description:

It is a species of bulbous plant native to the Mediterranean region and south-western Europe. It grows on coastal sands. The plant is pollinated by a hawk-moth named Agrius convolvuli. These insects visit the flower when the speed of the wind is under 2 m/s. When it's higher than that the moths does not visit the Pancratium. Easily grown but requires a very sunny position and a very well drained, sandy soil. Needs hot summers to induce flowering.

Habitat:

La Manga del Mar menor, Cartagena (Spain).

Notes:

Other vernacular names are Sand Daffodil, Sand Lily and the Lily of St. Nicholas. The Latin maritimum means "of the seashore".

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4 Comments

marta vázquez
marta vázquez 9 years ago

Thanks for your words, Craig.

craigwilliams
craigwilliams 9 years ago

Cool! Thanks Kristal.

craigwilliams
craigwilliams 9 years ago

Very informative, thanks Marta. Especially nice to know what pollinates it. I wonder if there is one on PN to link to?

marta vázquez
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marta vázquez

Spain

Spotted on Oct 12, 2011
Submitted on Oct 12, 2011

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