Tulipa saxitalis or T.bakeri ?

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Sun, 14 Mar 2010 09:52:36 PDT
Ken wrote
>I can't remember which this is ... I bought it years ago and thought 
>it was Tulipa saxitalis, but T.saxitalis isn't listed in the PBS 
>wiki.  The closest thing to it appears to be T.bakeri.  Are they one 
>in the same?  This, along with T.tarda, is one of the few tulips 
>I've planted that will come back year after year here in San Diego.

Try spelling it "Tulipa saxatilis."

Some authorities consider T. saxatilis and T. bakeri to be the same 
species. Both grow on Crete, but T. saxatilis (as its name implies) 
is found on rocky outcrops, and T. bakeri is usually seen in flat 
meadows, where cultivation seems to encourage it. The wild plants 
appear superficially different, T. saxatilis having smaller flowers 
generally of lighter pink, but I expect this is a naive impression 
and would not affect a botanist's decision.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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