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Sharon Tulip
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Sharon Tulip
P Introduced Photo: Bilal Ahmad Hajam
Common name: Sharon Tulip
Botanical name: Tulipa agenensis    Family: Liliaceae (Lily family)
Synonyms: Tulipa acutiflora, Tulipa dammanii, Tulipa sharonensis

Sharon Tulip is a perennial herb, with characteristic outer tepals of the flower that are significantly longer and more pointed than the inner tepals. The outer tepals can be 4-9 cm long, and 2-3 cm wide, but the inner tepals only reach 3-7 cm long and 1-2 cm wide. All tepals are scarlet with a pointed, yellow-margined, black basal blotch that covers one-third to one-half of each petal. The outside of the flower is a lighter red or yellowish, particularly at the base. The ovary is narrowed below the stigma. The leaves are lanceshaped and up to 25 cm long and 2.5-4 cm wide. The plant grows up to 40 cm tall. Sharon Tulip is native to Cyprus, East Aegean Is., Lebanon-Syria, Palestine, Turkey, cultivated elsewhere.

Identification credit: Shakir Ahmad Photographed in Pulwama, Kashmir.

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