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Tulipa bifloriformis.

 Botanical excursions of Kazakhstan.

“The bubble logic driving tulipomania has since acquired a name: “the greater fool theory.” Although by any conventional measure it is folly to pay thousands for a tulip bulb (or for that matter an Internet stock), as long as there is an even greater fool out there willing to pay even more, doing so is the most logical thing in the world” 

 Michael Pollan, The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World.

Tours and excursions behind Tulips in Kazakhstan.

Tulipa bifloriformis Vved. 10 - 25 cm long, bulb ovoid, 1,5 - 2 cm thick, with brown thin-skinned, dense arachnoid-woolly tunics inside. Stem is pubescent at the apex, rarely glabrate; leaves 2 in number, straddled, deflexed, glabrate, ciliate, lance-linear, the lower is wider, 6 - 15 mm wide, usually not exceeding the flower. 
Flowers 2 - 8 in number, rarely 1 or more than 8, drooped in bud. Perianth lobes are white, yellow at the base, 11 - 20 (30) mm long, acute, the outer are oblong-lanceolate, dingy-violet on the outside, with bread at the base, 1,5 times narrower than inner, the inner are oblong, acuminate, narrowed gradually to the base and slightly barbate, long-ciliated.
Stamens are nearly 2 times shorter than perianth, filaments are yellow, with dense ring of long hairs at broadened base, anthers are linear-oblong, 5 - 6 mm long, violet, rarely yellow, with very short micro.
Ovary is little shorter than stamen, with short style; fruit case is erected, oblong, 1 - 1,5 cm broad, 1,5 - 2,5 cm long, with short tip. Flowering time at the end of March – April. Distribution in Kazakhstan: It grows at forest foothills.
It occurs in Balkhash-Alakul and Turkestan floristic areas, in Chu-Ili and Karatau Mountains, in Western Tien-Shan.

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

Photos
Alexander Petrov.