Tulip cultivar or virus?

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  1. carlisa7

    carlisa7 Member

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    This is a long shot, but aside from laboratory testing, is there another way to tell if a tulip with stripes is a striped cultivar, or infected with a virus? The bulbs were planted many (~20) years ago. Sorry for the photo quality, it bloomed a couple weeks ago and is past its prime.
     

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  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    If no reply here, one possible course of action is to contact (or visit) the library at the Denver Botanic Gardens. If they maintain a collection of historical plant catalogues, you can browse and compare against what might have been for sale at the time.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Leaves look stippled and deformed, which wouldn't be a combination selected for intentionally.
     

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