Two-colored daffodil (?) in the Pyrenees
After posting Spring Pasque flowers and gentians, here are the daffodils, growing at 2200 m elevation in the Pyrenean mountains. For the British botanist A.W. Taylor, ‘no one who has been so fortunate as to see daffodils […] in their vast numbers, colouring whole mountainsides and valleys in the high Pyrenees, with their colour varying from deepest gold to palest yellow, can doubt that in these mountains is their true home’. The most common species, the wild daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus), which I have shown in an earlier post, is often a woodland plant, but all the other related species favour open mountain slopes, upland meadows, and valley floors, whereas some species do extend up to the screes and cliffs of the high peaks. Taylor predicts that the plant lovers who are fortunate enough to be in the Pyrenees during the period April-June will be both delighted and puzzled by the daffodils. ´The delight of seeing these lovely flowers in full glory in their Pyrenean setting is obvious; it is only when attempts at identification begin that bewilderment grows.’ So do not blame me if my identification turns out to be wrong but I think we are dealing here with the Two-coloured Daffodil (Narcissus bicolor), described by Linneus in 1762. Any support or contradiction for this ID by fellow naturalists out there in the World Wide Web?