The Tulip is native to the old world, southern europe right across to China and central asia.
Plants are perennials from bulbs and typically have two to six leaves. The cup shaped flowers typically have three petals and three sepals, which are most often termed 'tepals' because they are nearly indestinguishable.
The flowers have six stamens (yellow here) and the overies are three lobed. How nature likes threes eh?
Europians were taken by the spring flowers. Around 1634 to 1637, the early enthusiasm for the new tulips triggered a speculative frenzy now known as the 'tulip mania'. The tulip bulbs were then considered a form of currency. Not so far away from our own times when the 'dot com' boom and sub-prime lending, confirms we have actually not come that far from those heady days of dutch speculators over 450 years ago.
My advice, 'Buy Tulips' :-)
Macro tubes have been used here with a 28-300mm lens to give a life size macro image.