Tulipa Albanica: Kukës’ Rare Tulip is a Must-See for Botany Enthusiasts
Did you know that the north of Albania houses an exceptional tulip,
a rare species among the 114 that exist worldwide?
Referred to as the Kukës Tulip,
this particular flower is undoubtedly the most unique plant found in this
region. Tulipa Albanica (family: Liliaceae), also known as the Albanian tulip,
was discovered relatively recently, in 2003. It was biologist Besnik Hallaçi
who first discovered it in the Kolsh-Surroj region, specifically the place
knows as Polla e Zezë.
This tulip, endemic to Albania,
is characterized by the color combination of golden yellow and blood red. The
beautiful flower is yet another wonderful representation of the natural
richness and variety of the country’s flora. It is one of the approximately 100
tulip species in the entire world! As a result of its rarity, this plant has
earned international protection status and has been included in the ICUN Red list of
The entire country but,
specifically, the region of Kukës, is characterized by wild vegetation which
requires conservation efforts in order to continue thriving. Albania includes
3200 plant species, all of which make up 30% of Europe’s flora, an astoundingly
large percentage for the country’s relatively small size.
When you visit Kukës, make sure to enjoy the breathtaking landscape and look for Tulipa Albanica!