Butterflies are not only an important order of insects confronting nature lovers, collectors and scientists with innumerable unsolved problems, neither are they dangerous pests threatening man’s economy with great financial losses.
The Philippine Postal Corporation will issue the second and third parts of its new definitive series featuring Philippine butterflies.
| Cymbidium finlaysonianum
Cymbidium finlaysonianum is a very large plant, growing in big clumps. The pseudobulbs are about 7 cm long and hidden by the (about) five leaves they bear’ The stiff, fleshy leaves can grow up to 80 cm long and 4 cm wide. The pendent, loosely many-flowered inflorescence can reach more than 1 20 cm in length The fleshy flowers are up to 6 cm across. The fleshy three-lobed lip bears two thick keels on its mid-lobe; the lateral lobes are large. The pollinarium consists of two slit pollinia with stipes.
The pseudobulbs of Epigeneium Iyonii are 5 to 7 cm. long and 2.5 to 4 cm. wide, four-angled, bifoliate. The feathery leaves are oblong, 17 to 25 cm. long, and 3.5 to 5.5 cm. wide.
The Sealion represents the heraldic symbol of Filipinas ultramar. The Katipunan triangle in red represents equality under the law; the Three Stars are for Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao; and the Philippine Sun Rayonnant represents liberty and freedom. The Stars in the circular border around the Sun represent as many provinces as there are in the Republic.
The Philippine Postal Corporation will issue a set of definitive stamps featuring the Seal of the President of the Republic of the Philippines. – series 2