Sea daffodil, Pancratium maritimum, once commonplace on the shores of the Mediterranean, is now a rare and endangered species.

Keith Parkins
Dec 10, 2013 · 2 min read

Cyprus is an island in the Eastern Mediterranean.

A small patch of Sea daffodils can be found in the corner of the beach in Fig Tree Bay, Protaras. For protection, surrounded by a wooden fence, which also provides the opportunity for expansion beyond the fenced off area, and a few can be found just outside the boundaries of the fence.

In the centre of Protaras, a patch below Vrissiana Beach Hotel. Unfortunately during the construction of the Protaras-Pernera Coast Path, these were walled in, providing no opportunity for expansion.

The Protaras-Pernera Coastal Path ends at Pernera. Unmarked tracks barely visible, and not well trod. The occasional clumps of Sea daffodils can be found.

Sea daffodil may be more prevalent in less developed parts of the island:

  • To the West lies Akamas, a wild relativity unspoilt area, with many rare, indigenous species.
  • The north of the island has been under illegal Turkish occupation since 1974. Due to lack of title to the land, little development has taken place.

A bulbous perennial, Sea daffodil is a member of the Amaryllidaceae family. It flowers September through into October.

Sea daffodil is also known as Sand daffodil, Sand lily and the Lily of St Nicholas.

Although widely recognised as at risk of extinction, Sea daffodil is not a Red Data Book species, which would give it added protection.

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