Unknown Tulip

Started by Uli, March 18, 2024, 07:47:26 AM

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During a trip to central Portugal, I came across this field of tulips. My attention was raised because I saw people with bunches of cut flowers and when I saw the place it looked like red poppies at first glance. Unfortunately a lot of the plants were trampled on, the whole site looked like cultivated land. Most of the flowers were spent but I managed to photograph a fairly good one. They were about 60 to 70 cm tall and the leaves looked like garden tulips. I thought of Tulipa sprengeri but it does not have a blotch. Flora-on which covers practically every plant in Portugal only lists T. sylvestris as native. An old hybrid gone wild?
Thank you for your help 
Algarve, Portugal
350m elevation, frost free
Mediterranean Climate


I have no idea what it is, and am no fan at all of cultivated ones, although I do like some/most of the hardy small species. But that looks impressive, whatever it is.