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Tulipa Buhseana.

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Tulipa buhseana Boiss. 15 - 40 cm tall, bulb ovoid, 1 - 1,5 cm thick, with brown, coriaceous, strong, woolly tunics at the apex inside. Stem is glabrate, rarely pubescent at the top; leaves 2 in number, widely straddled, reclinated, deflexed, glabrous, more or less ciliated, linear, the lower is wider, 3 - 8 mm broad, usually much shorter than flowers.
Flowers 1 - 4 in number (sometimes up to 6), perianth lobes are white, yellow at the base, 15 - 30 mm long, acute, the outer are lanceolate, dingy-violet on the outside, more or less breaded at the base, nearly 2 times shorter than inner, the inner are oblong, gradually narrowed towards the base, with bread and ciliated there.
Stamens are 2 times shorter than perianth. Filaments are yellow, with dense hairy ring at extended base, usually hairy upwards, anthers are linear-oblong, 4 - 6 mm long, yellow or light-violet at the apex, with short mucro.
Ovary is a little shorter than stamens, with short style; fruit case is oblong, rarely globular, about 1 cm wide, 1,5 - 2 cm long, with short tip. Flowering time in April - May.
Distribution in Kazakhstan: It grows in deserts on sandy and clay soil. It occurs in Turgai, Prearal, Kzyl-Orda, Balkhash-Alakul, Kyzyl-Kum and Turkestan floristic regions, in Chu-Ili Mountains.
Note: According to some experts, tall populations of this species are independent taxonomic unit - Taliev's Tulip (Tulipa talievii Klikov et Zoz.). They differ in heavier pubescence of the bulbs, leaves, which are considerably exceeding a flower, and pubescent stem and non-incurved tips of petals.
This form occurs around a canyon of the Ili River, to the north of Kapchagai water-basin to Arharly Pass. However, recent studies based on evaluation of morphology and DNA relative weight, demonstrated that Taliev's Tulip could not be distinguished as independent species.

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Authority
“Tulips of Kazakhstan”. Almaty, LTD “Almatykitap baspasy”. 2010, 272 p. Illustrated.

Photos
Alexander Petrov.