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The Genus Tulipa

Tulips of the World

Beloved for their eye-popping colors that often mark the arrival of spring, tulips are a perennial favorite. The Genus Tulipa combines the latest scientific research with beautiful and useful illustrations, creating a visual delight as fascinating as the flowers themselves. Each species is fully illustrated with botanical paintings, color photographs of the plants in habitat, and distribution maps. In addition, the experts of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, lend their prowess to chapters on everything from cultivation to classification. Checklists of tulip species and their world-wide synonyms, nursery and buying information, and a glossary with diagrams round out this comprehensive guide.

392 pages | 160 color plates, 2 maps | 7 x 9 1/2 | © 2013

Botanical Magazine Monograph

Biological Sciences: Botany

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"With Diana Everett’s The Genus Tulipa: Tulips of the World we now have a superb new survey, immaculately produced and jam-packed with the kind of up-to-date information that botanists and gardeners need. . . . [Everett] possesses a rare combination of talents—outstanding ability as a watercolourist and a specialist botanical knowledge. The result is a volume that brings together detailed information on around 78 species, plus a similar number of sub-species and forms, each accompanied by pin-sharp photographs and the author’s accurate and beautiful illustrations."

John Page | Alpine Diary

"This is a beautiful book with 140 paintings of tulip species. At this moment no other book has such a complete overview of the genus Tulipa. . . .[T]his is the best book there is about this genus."


"Visually pleasing, The Genus Tulipa will appeal to gardeners, tulip enthusiasts, botanical libraries, and botanical artists."

Plant Science Bulletin

Table of Contents

Foreword by Martyn Rix

List of Paintings

Author’s Preface and Acknowledgements


Hunting Tulips in the Wild











Cultivation of Tulips by Richard Wilford

Tulip Classification by Michael F. Fay and Maarten J.M. Christenhusz

Taxonomic Treatment

            Subgenus Clusianae

            Subgenus Eriostemones

            Subgenus Orithyia

            Subgenus Tulipa



Appendix 1: Alphabetical checklist of the genus Tulipa including synonyms

Appendix 2: Summary of Zonneveld’s (2009) sectional classification of the genus Tulipa

Appendix 3: Nurseries stocking species tulips

Appendix 4: Biographical notes on prominent Tulipa authors, collectors and growers

Index to species names

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