Stamps featuring Native Philippine Orchids IV

The Philippine Postal Corporation will issue a set of 4 topical stamps and souvenir sheet featuring the following Native Philippine Orchids.

Kind of Issue: Definitive
Denomination and Quantities: P5.00 – – – – – 200,000
Souvenir Stamps: P22.00 – – – – – 12,500 (imperf.)
11.00 – 50,000
Sheet Composition: 16 (4 x 4)
Size of Stamps: 30 mm x 40 mm
Date of Issue: December 19, 2002
Last Day of Issue: March 19, 2003
Perforation: 14
Printing Process: Litho-Offset (4 colors)
Paper: Imported Unwatermarked
Printer: Amstar Campany, Inc .
Layout Artist: Alfonso V. Divina
Design Coordinator: Engr. Antonio D. A. Claro
Graphic Artist: Edgar P. Patricio
Designs: Photographs of various orchids are taken from the book, Native Philippine Orchids by Hans H. Fessel and Peter Balzer, Times Editions, Paciencia P. Milan, Program Director, VISCA-GTZ Applied Tropical Ecology Program and President, Leyte State University

Dendrobium Victoria-Reginae. This orchid has pendent bulbs that are up to 50cm long, often branched near the base; the nodes are slightly swollen. The leaves are up to 8cm long and 2cm wide. The short inflorescence appears on older sterne and bear 3 to 12 flowers. The flowers reach 30mm in diameter. The simple liphas at its center five dark violet stripes. The pollinariurn consists of two pairs of naked pollinia. As D. Papilio, it is an inhabitant of the moist, cool, mossy forest of high altitudes. Its bluish color clearly separates it from all other Dendrobium species in the country.

Geodorum Densiflorum. This orchid specie comes from a genus of about 10 species of rarely cultivated but unusually attractive terrestrial orchids. Pseudobulbs, almost round, somewhat compressed, are underground and from which rise a few broad stalked, folded leaves and erect elongate inflorescence. Flowers are medium-sized, not widely opening which are carried sharply pendulous, that do not last long, and they are waxy, fragrant, and colored. No hybrids are known. Nervilia Plicata. About 65 species of nervilia are known. These terrestrial orchids have solitary, stalked, heart-shaped leaves, which are sometimes variegated that arise from subterranean round tubers.

The inflorescence bears a few relatively large complex yellowish flowers with purple or reddish markings, especially on the lip. Usually flowers and leaves are produced at different seasons of the year. No hybrids are known. Read more.

Stamps, Souvenir Sheets and Official First Day Covers will be available starting 19 December 2002 at the Philatelic Division, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, 1000 Manila and all Regional Offices of the Philippine Postal Corporation.

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