Cretan Tulips


Red Cretan Tulip
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The red tulip of Crete (Tulipa doerfleri) is one of the 5 endemic tulip species of Crete. It grows exclusively at the small plateau of Gious Cambos, by Amari valley, at an altitude ranging from 700-800m. On spring (April) this small plateau is covered by a red carpet made of tulips.

It is similar to Tulipa Orphanidea, but it is a different species. You can distinguish it from the petals at the base with have a black "patch" with a yellow stripe. The red tulip multiplies with bulbs, meaning that it is spread with the help of human activities.

The species, because of its limited distribution, is considered endangered and has been protected by presidential decree since 1981.

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