Spring tour to Kyrgyzstan
(Tulips Of The Tien Shan)
Nature of Kyrgyzstan is very diverse. Due to the mountainous terrain in this region one can find different types of plants growing mostly in the deserts till those which occur in the tundra. Totally in Kyrgyzstan there are over 3500 species, 89 of which are listed in the Book of rare species, such as Abies semenovii, Rhodiola linearifolia (golden root), Ordinary Bird Cherry, Kashgarian Barberry, Central Asian Pear, as well as 12 species of tulips. If we consider that the entire planet has only 80 species of tulips, you can’t deny the importance of the fact that in Central Asia there are 70 species of these beautiful flora to be found!
Today the majority believes that the birthplace of tulips is Holland, but it is not true. Of course, that’s the place we get those elegant bouquets and onion cultivars from, but the birthplace of these plants is Central Asia and it still is the guardian of wild members of this species. Tulips are ancient plants that emerged about 10 million years ago. The Dutch got them only at the end of the XVI century thanks to Ozhiru de Busbecq diplomat, served as ambassador of the Ottoman Empire, who brought the bulbs of "red lily" to the Austrian Emperor Maximilian II, and finally from the capital of Austria - Vienna professor Carolus Clusius had introduced them to Holland. Turks were first to notice the beauty of tulips; traveling with caravans along the Silk Road, on the Asian steppes and mountain areas, they brought these flowers to Europe, where even before the Dutch began to plant them in their gardens and breed and select these elegant plants.
It is a pity, but the number of wild tulips decreases every year, and it is not related to the new land cultivation, but to the ignorance and negligence of ordinary people who travel every spring for the "barbeque". Beautiful large flowers migrate to vases and fade away with their life offspring. Man, ripping off a tulip, thinks he doesn’t cause any harm, because the next year flowers usually bloom again; but none the next, nor a few years later, this bulb will not grow, and there will never be the glow red light wild flower, as all the power and all the juices of the bulb have been spent and it had to recover only after the flower bud and scatter the seeds.
- April 22 - May 5, 2024 | 10 places Book
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