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Backlighted Narcissus - HAPPY EASTER !!!

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There are two derivations of the name. One is that of the youth of Greek mythology called Narcissus, who, in at least one of many variations of the tale, became so obsessed with his own reflection as he knelt and gazed into a pool of water that he fell into the water and drowned. In some variations, he died of starvation and thirst from sitting by the edge of the pool, transfixed by his own reflection. In both versions, the Narcissus plant sprang from where he died.

The other derivation is that the plant is named after its narcotic properties (ναρκάω narkao, "I grow numb" in Greek). (Wikipedia)

 

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Die Bezeichnung Narzisse leitet sich von dem griechischen Wort νάρκειν narkein ab, welches „betäuben“ bedeutet. Die Dichternarzisse, die auch in Griechenland wächst, strömt tatsächlich einen sehr intensiven und betäubenden Geruch aus. Die Römer übernahmen den griechischen Pflanzennamen als narcissus. (Wikipedia)

 

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