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The Turkestan Tulip (Tulipa turkestanica) is a flowering herbaceous, bulbous, perennial plant in the Liliaceae family. 

It is native to Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Xinjiang.

The Turkestan Tulip grows to 10-15 centimetres (4-6 inches) tall. 

It has thin green leaves up to 15 centimetres (6 inches) long.

It has star-shaped flowers, grouped in a raceme. The flowers are ivory white to pinkish-red, with a yellow to orange basal blotch in the centre. The filaments are orange and the anthers are dark-violet or yellow with a violet tip.

The flowers only open in direct sunlight.

It blooms between March and May in the Northern Hemisphere. 

Photographed in Paris, France, April 2022.

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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