FW: Etymology of a daffodil

Adolf Ceska aceska at TELUS.NET
Sun Sep 8 11:23:13 CDT 2002

I wonder if somebody would have the answer to this question, originally
posted on Alpine-L list.


Adolf Ceska, Victoria, BC, Canada

-----Original Message-----
From: Alpine-L, the Electronic Rock Garden Society; postings copyright

Hi all,

I've noticed the anguish expressed over the years at having the previous
names of Narcissus assoanus brushed aside in favor of this sonorously
appealing epithet, with is appalling asonance.  My question is, what is
etymology of the species name, "assoanus"?

I didn't find it in Stearn's.  Can anyone give me a hint?  Surely it has
nothing to do with Sir John Soane, the eighteenth century architect.

Jim Shields
in central Indiana

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