Series: "Wild flowers of Crete"
Tulipa orphanidea subsp. doerfleri is another endemic tulip species to Crete, where its main stronghold is the Gious Kambos plain east of Spili (south of Rethymno). The petals are 3 - 4 cm, narrowing to a point at the tip. They are red, often with yellow shading on the outside. The anthers are blackish-red and the leaves narrow, elongated and ridged.
It is remarkable that this species apparently never sets viable seeds and spreads exclusively (and quite rapidly) by underground stolons.
Image: Spili (Crete) - 08/04/2010
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