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
© Johan Dierckx
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