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  • Seymour Sullivan posted an update in the group Group logo of Fact a Day 2022Fact a Day 2022 5 months, 1 week ago

    Tulips! (Tulipa) are a genus of spring-blooming perennial herbaceous bulbiferous geophytes (having bulbs as storage organs) The tulip is a member of the lily family, There are about 75 species, and these are divided among four subgenera. The name “tulip” is thought to be derived from a Persian word for turban, which it may have been thought to resemble by those who discovered it.

    Tulips were cultivated in Constantinople as early as 1055. By the 15th century, tulips were among the most prized flowers; becoming the symbol of the Ottomans.

    While tulips had probably been cultivated in Persia from the tenth century, they did not come to the attention of the West until the sixteenth century, when Western diplomats to the Ottoman court observed them. They were rapidly introduced into Europe and became a frenzied commodity during Tulip mania (previously reported on by Teddy).

    During the time of the 17th c. Tulip mania, an infection of tulip bulbs by the tulip breaking virus created variegated patterns in the flowers that were much admired and valued. These have been named “Rembrandt” tulips because the great master featured them in some of his paintings.

    We love the parrots and the Rembrandts!

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