Substances & Homeopatic Remedies

Narcissus pseudonarcissus

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Narcissus pseudonarcissus

Etymology

Derived from the Greek word narkao (to benumb)

Family

Traditional name

Common name: English: Trumpet Daffodil, Common daffodi

     Syn.: Narcissus poeticus
     German: Osterglocke
     English: Lent Lily

Used parts

Young buds, stems and leaves

Part used: Whole plant (Pharmacopea)

Classification

Narcissus pseudonarcissus
     Plantae; Spermatophyta, Angiospermae - Flowering Plants; Monocotyledonae; Liliiflorae / Liliidae; Asparagales; Amaryllidaceae

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Original proving

There is no proving whatever of this drug, although in the Encyclopaedia (Allen) a case of poisoning from the bulbs eaten as a salad is given; but remedy as prescribed by Agricola was prepared from the young buds, stems, and leaves, so the case in the Encyclopaedia is not apropos, nor is the old tincture from the bulbs of use.

Introduced by Ringer

Description of the substance

Any of several Old World species of bulbous plants belonging to the amaryllis family, characterised by their trumpet-shaped yellow flowers which appear in spring. The bulbs of plants belonging to the natural order Amaryllidaceae are in many cases poisonous, though they are widely cultivated for the sake of their flowers. The common daffodil of northern Europe (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) has large yellow flowers and grows from a large bulb. There are numerous cultivated forms in which the colours range from white to deep orange. (Genus Narcissus, family Amaryllidaceae.)

The common daffodil was the flower loved by the English poet William Wordsworth. Selective breeding has developed many different varieties with a range of colours and shapes.

Description: Robust plant, up to 1 m in height; bulb about 5 cm in diameter. Leaves glaucous, 4 to 6 in number, narrow but flat erect usually reaching in the bossom. Scape 20 to 40 cm long, generally equalling leaves. Flower solitary, horizontal or ascending, about 5 cm long, up to 6 cm in diameter (up to 10 cm in cultivated plants), pale yellow; corona generally as long as the perianth, the segment and corona usually of different shades, the corona deeply crenate or almost crenate fimbriate, more or less plicate, usually filled at the margin; stamens inserted near the base of the perianth, much shorter than crown. Style, little longer than stamens. (There are also full double forms of flowers in which the corona disappears as a separate body and supernumerary segments are present.)
Distribution: U.K., Sweden, Spain and Austria.

The only insect enemy from which the Narcissus seems to suffer is the fly Merodon equestris, the grub of which lays an egg in or near the bulb, which then forms the food of the larva. This pest causes serious damage in Holland and the south of England.