New variety of wild tulip

Dutch scientist Ben Zonneveld has discovered a new variety of wild tulip. It is named Tulipa Lemmersii, after a dear colleague.
This discovery brings the number of wild tulip varieties to 87. Zonneveld, who came across this new specimen while researching the genome dimensions of wild tulips in his laboratory, does not rule out the possibility that there are more unknown varieties of wild tulips. "Many of them come mainly from Central Asia, a region with a very low population density. And if someone sees these flowers in the field, it is not so logical that they immediately think of a new variety".


Zonneveld travelled to Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan in search of wild tulips, but conducted the research. on DNA of these flowers in the Dutch city of Leiden. In his capacity as a retired university lecturer and honorary researcher of the National Herbarium of the NetherlandsHe says he has all the time in the world to devote to the study of tulips and other plants, such as daffodils and snowdrops.


The Netherlands has a strong link with the tulip. The first wild tulips entered the Netherlands in 1594. The climate and soil type proved to be very favourable for several varieties of tulips. In the 17th century there was even a real tulip-mania. The bulbs became a commodity subject to speculation, for which exorbitant prices were offered. Today, the Netherlands is one of the world's largest exporters of tulips and tulip bulbs. These are cultivated varieties, produced in different colours and shapes.

Seeds instead of bulbs

Most of the tulips in flower shops and gardens today originate from a small group of wild varieties, perhaps no more than two or three. Most of the wild tulip varieties in the Netherlands do not take root, because the summers are not hot enough, explains Zonneveld. At the same time, many of them reproduce through seeds, not bulbs.
Source: Myrtille van Bommel

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