John Ray, a distinguished botanist, who flourished at the end of the last century, says that Tulipa was the name of a peculiar hat worn by the Dalmatians on some occasions, and which was of the form of half an egg, and that the name was given to the tulip from its resemblance to this peculiar formed hat. He says the varieties are " inexplicable " and beautiful, and it was no doubt the lily of the fields which our Saviour referred to when he described the glory of Solomon in comparison with the beauty of the flower. Other and more modern writers believe the flower referred to by Jesus was a true lily.