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Sardegna - Giglio di mare (Pancratium maritimum)

Pancratium maritimum, or sea daffodil, is a species of Amaryllidaceae native to the Mediterranean region and south-western Europe. That plant can also be seen on the south Bulgarian and north Turkish coasts of Black Sea where is threatened with extinction. It grows on coastal sands or just above the high tide mark. Other vernacular names are Sand Daffodil, Sand Lily and the Lily of St. Nicholas. The Latin maritimum means "of the seashore".

P. maritimum is a bulbous perennial with a long neck and glaucous, broadly linear leaves, evergreen, but the leaves often die back during hot summers. Scape to 40 cm. Flowers 3-15 in an umbel, to 15 cm long, white. Corona two-thirds as long as the tepals. The flowers have a pleasing, exotic and very subtle lily scent, which only becomes apparent during still, windless summer nights that allow its delicate fragrance to become perceptible. Flowering is from August to October.

 

Il giglio di mare (Pancratium maritimum) è una specie di giglio bulboso del genere Pancratium, famiglia delle Amaryllidaceae, che cresce spontaneamente sui litorali italiani.Pancracio viene del greco παν (pan, "tutto") e κρατυς (cratys, "potente") in allusione alle supposte virtù medicinali. Maritimum viene dal latino "mar", per via del suo habitat costiero.Il giglio di mare (Pancratium maritimum) e’ un fiore selvatico che cresce sulle dune di molte spiagge italiane..

  

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