Tulipa lehmanniana (Gintzburger et al., 2003)

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Merendera robusta
Gintzburger et al., Rangelands in Uzbekistan, 2003
Tulipa lehmanniana (Gintzburger et al., 2003)
Tulipa turkestanica
Tulipa lehmanniana
Tulipa lehmanniana

Tulipa lehmanniana Merckl.

Local name:

  • Russian: Тюльпан Лемана - tjul'pan Lemana
  • Uzbek: Zhovkosin lola
  • Turkmen: Chigil’de

Chromosome number: 2n = 24 (Bochantseva 1962). Description and morphology: Perennial plant (height 10–30 cm), erect. Bulbs with several layers of leathery covering; tunic of bulb densely hairy. Stem: glabrous. Leaves: cauline, large, 1–3 narrow. Perianth segments 6. Tepals abruptly acuminate, often petaloid, free in 2 whorls, variously coloured (mostly yellow or red, sometimes orange). Flower: bisexual; showy, terminal, solitary; 6 stamens, filaments free.

Reproduction: Sexual and vegetative. Flowering and fruit maturation: March–April. Fruit: erect capsule, sub-globose, trigonal, septicidal. Seed: numerous, discoid.

Pastoral importance: None. Occasionally grazed by livestock. Often a source of feed for desert rodents.

Fodder value: None.

Habitat: Occurs on sandy loam compacted flats. Also a weed in cultivated fields.

Distribution: Eurasian, Middle and Central Asia.