A timely reminder ahead of the spring bloom that just because something’s pretty, it doesn’t mean you should pick it! Casual passersby can have a major impact on wild plant populations, often because seeing something growing nearby suggests that the plant is “common.” But not everything threatened is kept behind a fence in a nature preserve. —MN
The Sea Daffodil (Panacratium maritimum) is an endangered member of the family Amaryllidaceae. Native to the Mediterranean and the southern shores of the Black Sea, the Sea Daffodil grows in sandy dunes just above the high tide line. Its flowers have a very subtle fragrance that only becomes apparent on windless summer nights.
Due to its increasing rarity, it has been given protected status in much of its range, but continues to lose vital habitat to tourist development.
Sadly I saw many tourists picking it during my last visit to Greece. :(
This picture was taken by me on Laganas Beach, in Zakynthos, Greece on 8/31/11.