SCIENTIFIC NAME: Tulipa
COMMON NAME(S): Tulips
FAMILY: LILIACEAE - Lily family
ORIGIN: Southern Europe to central Asia, about 100 spp.
HABITAT: Cultivated landscapes, indoor potted plant
CHARACTERISTICS: Underground bulb with papery skin
LEAVES: Broadly strap-shaped, grayish-green, sometimes with red markings
FLOWERS: Showy, lily-like, variously colored
FLOWERING SEASON: Spring
FRUITS: Capsules with brown seeds
ALLERGENIC PRINCIPLES: Unknown
ALLERGENIC PROPERTIES: Dermatological
COMMENTS: Floral industry workers have experienced dermatitis after prolonged handling of bulbs, stems and flowers (a condition known as "tulip finger").