A rare of tulip was spotted this week for the first time in a mountain area in Cyprus , the Forestry Department has announced.
Natura lovers and researchers George and Fani Constantinou guided Forestry Department officers to a spot where the rare Polemi Tulip(TulipaAgenensis) was found for the first time at a high altitude (1.271m) in the Pitsillia mountain range.
The Forestry Department said the tulip is still in bloom, a month later than usual because of the high altitude.
So far, the plant was known to be found in Polemi. Stroumbi and Phyti villages in the Paphos district and to a lesser extent in Monagri village in Limassol.
The new spot in the Pitisilia area has tulips growing in vineyards as in Polemi and Stroumbi.
As a rare and threatened plant , the tulip is referred to as vulnerable in the Red Data book of the Cyprus Flora, according to the internatrionally accepted IUCN (International Union of Conservation of Natura).
“My wife Fani and I went for research in the mountains of Pitsilla and found the tulips while walking. This is a rare flower, usually growing in Polemi village.
“At a first glance, it seems it is the rare Tulipa Agenensis.
“This is an important discovery because it is the first reference to this rare type of tulip growing at bsuch a high high altitude,” George told.
“We immediately informed Lefteris Hadjistercotis, environment officer at the Interior Ministry and George Hadjikyriakou, specialising in plants of Cyprus. we then informed Takis Tsintides of the Forestry Department and went along to the spot with Forestry Department experts.
“The area where the tulip grows is very small and it has to be protected.
“The plants found are estimated to be around 500 including small plants,” he added.
The plant is rare because it is threatened and it is important that we found a new spot.”
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