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32. Tulipa acuminata

These spidery flowers belong to a tulip that has a botanical name but can’t be found in the wild. It is likely a relic of the Ottoman Empire. Tulips, especially those with needlelike petals, were greatly prized by sultans such as Ahmed III, who reigned from 1703 to 1730. Today this tulip can be seen in horticultural museums such as the Hortus Bulborum in the Netherlands and in the collections of tulip connoisseurs.

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