Woolly Red Tulip
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Woolly Red Tulip
P Native Photo: Bilal Ahmad Hajam
Common name: Woolly Red Tulip
Botanical name: Tulipa lanata    Family: Liliaceae (Lily family)

Woolly Red Tulip is a perennial herb with attractive red flowers, borne singly at branch-ends. Flower-cluster-stalk is 10-21 cm, velvet-hairy. Tepals are 5-8 x 3-3.5 cm, obovate, abruptly tapering, scarlet with black blotch at the base with yellow margin, light colored outside, hairless, few veins and tip of the outer segments velvet-hairy. Filaments are 8-10 mm, black, except the pointed tip, hairless, anthers 1.0-1.5 cm deep purple. Ovary is 1.5-2.5 cm long, deep green, style absent, stigma 5 mm broad, papillose. Stem is up to 2 ft tall, 5-6 mm broad. Leaves are 4-5, stalkless, 12-30 x 2-6 cm, lanceshaped or oblong, entire, often margin wavy, pointed to somewhat tapering, often velvet-hairy above. Bulbs are 2-5 cm across, ovoid, runner forming, tunics brown, outer scales papery, long hairs arise profusely from the base of the inner ones. Capsule are 5.0 x 2.0 cm. Woolly Red Tulip is found in Afghanistan to Central Asia and Western Himalaya, at altitudes of 1300-1700 m. Flowering: April-May.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Pulwama, Kashmir.

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