Tuesday, August 10, 2010

What If Tulips?

Sorry for this short post but I just had a conversation with a friend about true species of Tulips. Supposedly true species actually produce nectar and pollen and get pollinates but that's not what interested me. Tulipa turkestanica has a striking resemblance to Erythronium americcanum, and E. albidum. Clearly these are two separate genera but it's the kind of thing that makes me think. How different would our landscapes be if cultivating spring wildflowers had started in North America instead of Europe. Who knows, maybe with some stretch of selective breeding we could one day see a very Tulip-like wildflower on the market derived from Erythronium instead of Tulipa.