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Tulipa clusiana

The lady tulip, as it is sometimes called, is native to northeastern Afghanistan and Pakistan. It is a delicate and beautiful thing but apparently of no great significance in its native land: This grape farmer has stepped on a plant in bloom as though it were just another weed. T. clusiana is named for Carolus Clusius, the scientist who brought tulips to the University of Leiden botanical garden in the 16th century.

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