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From Dubai to Kazakhstan

The Story of the Tulip

Click: Dutch Folk Song: Tulips from Amsterdam

The tulip, symbol of Holland. But did you know that this flower has its roots in the mountains of Kazakhstan? Even in Holland most people do not know that this is the real place where their national symbol originated. Most Dutch people will tell you that the original tulip was growing in Turkey but in fact traders from Turkey brought it at the end of the 16th century from the Central Asian mountain ranges to Western Europe. In that period, the Turkish Empire was much larger than the current country Turkey.

The first reports of tulips in Europe date from 1560 and it crossed the Dutch border around 1570. The first tulips in the Hortus Botanicus of the Leiden University were planted there in 1593 by the botanist Carolus Clusius.

Greig's Tulip (tulipa greigii)

The Dutch have created hundreds of different types of tulips in the last centuries. But not only the Dutch were good in creating new types. Nature did also a good job in Kazakhstan where you can find 34 different species of this flower in the wild today. 6 of these species are present in the Aksu-Zhabagly nature reserve. If you are from Holland or are interested in this flower, a walking trip in the Aksu-Zhabagly nature reserve will be the best opportunity to see this flower in it’s own habitat.

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3 Comments»

  mieke wrote @

dat moeten we dan maar eens terzijnertijd gaan bewandelen :0) en de natuurschoon gaan bewonderen groetjes

  Ellen van den Bergh wrote @

” ik trek m”n wandelschoenen aan, en dan ga ik op pad…….ken je die????

  mieke wrote @

ik ken het niet maar is gauw geleerd, maar mijn wandelschoenen gaan aan hoe dan ook, doei


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