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Tulipa Оstrowskiana.

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Tulipa Ostrowskiana Regel. 15 - 40 cm tall, bulb ovoid, 1,5 - 2 cm thick, with black-brown, coriaceous, adpressed by hairy tunics at the apex. Stem glabrous; leaves 3 in number, reclinated, straddled, glabrous, more or less ciliated, reaching the flower, the lower is lanceolate or linear-lanceolate, 1 - 3 cm wide.
One flower; drooping in bud; perianth lobe are red, with black spot with yellow borders at the base, 3 - 6 cm long, acute, the outer broadly obovate, the inner are obovate; stamens are 2,5 - 3 times shorter than perianth, filaments are glabrous, yellow or violet, anthers are violet, scarcely longer than filaments.
Ovary is shorter than stamens, with nearly sessile stigma. Flowering time in April - May. Distribution in Kazakhstan: Endemic. Grows in mountains foothills and on clay-detritus slopes. Occurs in Zailiisky Kungei Alatau and  Kirghiz Alatau (Merke Gorge), and also in southern part of Chu-Ili Mountains (Kurdai Pass) where this species is well hybridized with Kolpakovsky's Tulip. Registered in the Red Book of Kazakhstan.

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

Photos
Alexander Petrov.