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Kaufmanniana tulipa.

 Tours behind tulips Kaufmana in Kazakhstan.

“A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose. It doesn’t have to. It is different. And there’s room in the garden for every flower. You didn’t have to struggle to make your face different than anyone else’s on earth. It just is. You are unique because you were created that way. Look at little children in kindergarten. They’re all different without trying to be. As long as they’re unselfconsciously being themselves, they can’t help but shine. It’s only later, when children are taught to compete, to strive to be better than others, that their natural light becomes distorted.” 

 Marianne Williamson.

Tulips tour in Kazakhstan.

Kaufman’s tulips are met on the humid slopes and meadows, in the bushes and in the apple-tree forests. Like the above-mentioned species, Kaufman’s tulips were described at the end of the last century by Russian scientist E.Regel by the specimens grown in Petersburg from the bulbs collected near Aksu-Zhabagly – in Karatau Mountain.
Tulips turned to be very plastic and changing; and thanks to this feature it was possible to get various colours: from red and cherry colours to light-blue and violet. In selection this species of tulips is highly evaluated because of the early flowering periods and variety of different natural shapes.
Even in the small area in the reserve there are more than ten species of Kaufman’s tulips, which have different sizes, shapes and colours. Especially effective are the specimens with bright-yellow and crimson flowers, which can compete with many other species of tulips.
Tulipa kaufmanniana Regel. 10 - 40 cm long, ovoid bulb, 1,5 - 4 cm thick, with dark-brown coriaceous, more or less accumbent by pilose tunics inside. Stem in the top is more or less pubescent; leaves 2 - 3 in number, reclinated or slightly deflexed, glabrous, ciliated, usually not exceeding the flower, the lower leaf is oblong or oblong-elliptic, 2 - 6 cm broad.
One flower; perianth is white inside, yellow towards the base or yellowish, acute or blunt-pointed, the outer on the back are dingy-violet or reddish-violet (sometimes individuals with red or pink flowers may occur).
Little longer than inner, 2,5 - 8 cm long, lanceolate or oblong-lanceolate, the inner are oblong-elliptic; stamens 2 times shorter than perianth. Filaments are glabrous, yellow, anthers are yellowish, linear, 3 - 4 times longer than filaments, curled; ovary is little shorter than stamens, with nearly sessile stigma; fruit case is 1,5 - 2 cm wide and 3 - 6 cm long.
Flowering time in April – July (depending on altitude).
Distribution in Kazakhstan: Inhabits on rocky slopes to alpine belt of the mountains. Occur in Karatau, Western Tien-Shan and in western part of Kyrghyz Alatau.
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.