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Tulipa cretica - Cretan Tulip

Phylum: Magnoliophyta - Class: Equisetopsida - Order: Liliales - Family: Liliaceae

Tulipa Cretica

Picture by kind permission of Anne Horsfall

Identification

Each plant has between 1 and 4 flowers, normally white but sometimes tinged with pink. The tepals are stained with yellow at the base of the inside, and the outside of the three outer tepals is tinged green or purple.

Habitat

Cretan Tulip can be found in rocky habitats both in the hills and on lower ground.

Blooming times

Tulipa cretica produces flowers from March to May

Distribution

This wildflower is endemic to Crete where it grows in very large colonies.

The specimens shown above were photographed in Crete.


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