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SOLVED: forgotten bulb

Durham, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

this bulb came up this spring and ive completely forgetten what it was.. does anybody have any ideas? ethiopian something or other springs to mind..

lil

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Deep South Coastal, TX(Zone 10a)

I don't know what it is, but it sure is pretty.

Durham, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

it's quite small, those are foxglove leaves on the left and lemon balm on the right.

lil

Westbrook, ME(Zone 5a)

It looks like a species tulip. Is the leaf striped ... or is that just the way the light hit it? I can't tell if the flowers is white or yellow. I'd say tulipa tarda of it's yellow.

Durham, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

no it's just a plain leaf, the sun was shining :) i don't think it's a tulip mind you..

I agree with Poppysue it looks remarkably like a species Tulip.

Jesteburg-Wiedenhof, Germany(Zone 8a)

I agree also with poppysue, and also that it is Tulipa tarda, since it has more blooms per stem, and only grows to about 2 1/2 - 3 inches tall.

All the best

Wintermoor

Westbrook, ME(Zone 5a)

Some of the species tulips are very tiny. Take a look at these pics on the google search
http://images.google.com/images?q=tulipa+tarda&hl=en&btnG=Google+Search

Durham, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

hmm i think you might be right, just that ethiopian name kinda springs to mind, oh well.. thanks wintermoor and poppysue!

lil

Antrim, Northern Ire, United Kingdom(Zone 8b)

just to stir things up a bit more it could be tulip turkestanica.

Mark

Or T biflora despite its name it can carry 3 flowers

This message was edited Monday, Apr 8th 8:11 PM

Jesteburg-Wiedenhof, Germany(Zone 8a)

Hi Mark,
I don't think it's T. turkestanica since their stems are quite thin, and there is only one flowerhead per stem. This plant has quite a sturdy stem and multiple flowers.

Hi Baa,
I don't know T. bifolia so I can't say neither yea, nor nay.


All the best

Wintermoor

Jesteburg-Wiedenhof, Germany(Zone 8a)

Baa,

sorry T. biflora, sorry for the typo

All the best

Wintermoor

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It's ok Wintermoor that's why I editied my post above LOL

Jesteburg-Wiedenhof, Germany(Zone 8a)

Baa

Don't they have longer stamens, I just had a wee look at a site http://www.gartendatenbank.de/pflanzen/tulipa/index.htm
and I still think it's tarda.

All the best

Wintermoor

Jesteburg-Wiedenhof, Germany(Zone 8a)

Baa

now you've got me going on this, and all that just before I jump into the sack.

It could also be T. biflora, when you see the leaves on both in that link.......

Oh well it's a nice flower anyway ;-)

All the best

Wintermoor

It's always hard to judge close species by a pic isn't it! I understand stamens and anthers are an important factor in deciding some of the dwarf species. You are probably right but I thought T tarda has more fellow in the centre of the bloom.

Lil does it have a funny smell?

Durham, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

no, but not a great deal of smell either.. it's gone over now anyway :( so i can't smell it again. i could take a pic of the seed heads if that helps...?

lil

I'm not sure the seedheads would be significantly different enough to be able to tell from a pic Lil but I guess it couldn't hurt.

Poppysue has put up a link for T tarda, here is one for T turkestanica
http://w1.155.telia.com/~u15508577/Maj2001/tulipa.JPG

T biflora (syn polychroma)
http://www.tekniskaverken.se/tekniskaverken/hushall/aret_i_tradgarden/images/tulipa_polychroma1.jpg

I'm sure there are other tulips with a yellow eye too

Durham, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

it looks a lot like the T turkestanica thanks to you all!

lil

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