While the question is not entirely original, the way Pollan examines this complex coevolution by looking at the natural world from the perspective of plants is unique. The result is a fascinating and engaging look at the true nature of domestication. In making his point, Pollan focuses on the relationship between humans and four specific plants:
The tulip is not mentioned by any writer from antiquity,  therefore it seems probable that tulips were introduced into Anatolia only with the advance of the Seljuks.
However, from the 14 tulip species known from Turkey, only four are considered to be of local origin,  so wild tulips from Iran and Central Asia may have been brought into Turkey during the Seljuk and especially Ottoman periods.
Sultan Ahmet also imported domestic tulip bulbs from the Netherlands. Inthe scholar Qasim from Herat in contrast had identified both wild and garden tulips lale as anemones shaqayq al-nu'manbut described the crown imperial as laleh kakli.
It was supposed to have come from Alexandria and may have been Tulipa sylvestrisbut the identification is not wholly secure.
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According to a letter, he saw "an abundance of flowers everywhere; Narcissushyacinths and those in Turkish called Lale, much to our astonishment because it was almost midwinter, a season unfriendly to flowers.
In Central and Northern Europe, tulip bulbs are generally removed from the ground in June and must be replanted by September for the winter.
It is doubtful that Busbecq could have had the tulip bulbs harvested, shipped to Germany and replanted between March and Gessner's description the following year.
Pietro Andrea Mattioli illustrated a tulip in but identified it as a narcissus. Carolus Clusius is largely responsible for the spread of tulip bulbs in the final years of the sixteenth century. He planted tulips at the Vienna Imperial Botanical Gardens in He finished the first major work on tulips inand made note of the variations in colour.
After he was appointed director of the Leiden University 's newly established Hortus Botanicushe planted both a teaching garden and his private garden with tulips in late Thus, is considered the date of the tulip's first flowering in the Netherlandsdespite reports of the cultivation of tulips in private gardens in Antwerp and Amsterdam two or three decades earlier.
These tulips at Leiden would eventually lead to both the Tulip mania and the tulip industry in the Netherlands. Between andthe enthusiasm for the new flowers triggered a speculative frenzy now known as the tulip mania. Tulip bulbs became so expensive that they were treated as a form of currency, or rather, as futures.
Around this time, the ceramic tulipiere was devised for the display of cut flowers stem by stem. Vases and bouquets, usually including tulips, often appeared in Dutch still-life painting. To this day, tulips are associated with the Netherlands, and the cultivated forms of the tulip are often called "Dutch tulips.
They have usually several species in their direct background, but most have been derived from Tulipa suaveolens today often regarded as synonym with Tulipa schrenkii. From toRichard Sullivan Fay, Esq.
Fay imported many different trees and plants from all parts of the world and planted them among the meadows of the Fay Estate.
Seeds are most often used to propagate species and subspecies or to create new hybrids. Many tulip species can cross-pollinate with each other, and when wild tulip populations overlap geographically with other tulip species or subspecies, they often hybridise and create mixed populations.
Most commercial tulip cultivars are complex hybrids, and often sterile.
Offsets require a year or more of growth before plants are large enough to flower. Tulips grown from seeds often need five to eight years before plants are of flowering size. Commercial growers usually harvest the tulip bulbs in late summer and grade them into sizes; bulbs large enough to flower are sorted and sold, while smaller bulbs are sorted into sizes and replanted for sale in the future.
They bloom early to mid season. This group should not be confused with older Darwin tulips, which belong in the Single Late Group below. Lily-flowered — the flowers possess a distinct narrow 'waist' with pointed and reflexed petals.
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In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship. He masterfully links four fundamental human desires—sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control—with the plants that satisfy them: the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato.
The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World is a nonfiction book by journalist Michael Pollan. Pollan presents case studies that mirror four types of human desires that are reflected in the way that we selectively grow, breed, and genetically engineer our plants.
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