|THE SPLENDID TULIP
The splendid tulip is an extremely rare and really unique flower. It was discovered by the Bulgarian botanist Dimitar Delipavlov in 1976 near the village of Simeonovo in the neighbourhood of Yambol (a town in South-Eastern Bulgaria) and ever since has not been found anywhere else in the country. What is more, in 1979 only as many as about ... 20 plants were counted near Simeonovo.
Tulipa splendens has a brown underground bulb. Its 30-40 cm stalk, with several leaves, stems from this bulb in spring. The tulip opens into large red flowers in May.
Its reproduction is a difficult one, because it takes place only by means of seeds, and the new plants fall into blossom as late as their seventh-eighth year.
It is supposed that in the past the splendid tulip was not so scanty, and its undeliberate extinction was caused by agricultural activities.
In Bulgaria there are six other species of wild tulips. Four of them are Bulgarian endemic species, and one of them - Balkan.