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Tulipa cretica

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 5 April 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: "Wild flowers of Crete"

Tulipa cretica is the smallest Cretan endemic tulip which can be found exclusively in the mountain areas in calcareous phrygana, rock crevices, open slopes and even scree where it grows and flowers soon after the melting snows finally vanish, so it is remarkably tough and cold hardy despite its elfin appearance. It generally stays quite small, not exceeding 15cm in size. (The plants I found at an altitude of 1720 m. seemed to bloom right out of the ground with almost no stem.) The star-shaped flowers open white and take on a faint, complimentary pink tinge with age. There can be three flowers to each stem and all have a lovely bright cadmium yellow throat and anthers. The leaves are elongated and fluted. Flowering time is from February to May.

Image: Gingilios (Crete) - 15/04/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/400 second F/11.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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sunstone_maria from California, United States

absolutely wonderful! love the softness and elegance of the flower against the roughness of the ground - wonderful!

5 Apr 2011 5:23am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Prachtige tulp!

5 Apr 2011 8:44am

Jean Jacques from France

La vie s'accroche partout, magnifique fleur.

5 Apr 2011 8:45am

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

wonderful clarity on this shot !!
friendships !

5 Apr 2011 11:09am

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

great tones !! lovely

6 Apr 2011 7:12am

Canon EOS 400D
1/400 second
ISO 200
150 mm