05 June 2013

New stamps on Flowers



Alpine Flowers from Liechtenstein

Here are three beautiful stamps on  Alpine flowers from Liechtenstein . The “Chiltern gentian”, Gentianarhaetica (face value CHF 1.00) is a rose-pink plant which grows up to 40 cm in height and is in flower from May to October on pastures and meadows at altitudes up to about 2,600 m above sea-level. This plant, also called German Enzian, prefers loamy, calcareous soils and is widespread in central Europe.

The perennial “Alpine forget-me-not”, Myosotisalpestris (face value CHF 1.90) belongs to the borage family and is at home between 1,300 and 3,000 m above sea level on moist ground, grassy areas, scree beds and natural meadows in the mountain ranges of Europe, Asia and North America. When they come into flower the blooms are lilac-coloured; later they turn an intense sky-blue, as is typical for members of the borage family.

The “Hairy Alpine rose”, Rhododendron hirsutum (face value CHF 4.00), also called just “Alpine rose” or “rockrose”, is an evergreen shrub with distinctly ciliolate leaves and vibrantly deep pink flowers in grape-like clusters. It blooms from May to July and can grow to a height of up to a meter. The Hairy Alpine rose occurs principally in the Northern and Southern Limestone Alps at altitudes between 600 and 2,500 m above sea-level and is found there on limestone debris, scree and rocky slopes and also in thinly-growing pine and mountain-pine forests. Beautiful as it is for the mountain walker to look at, it can also be dangerous. Like so many rhododendron species it is highly poisonous for both humans and animals.

Water Lilies from Aland


Here are two new beautiful stamps from Aland Post featuring  white and a yellow water lily.

Water lilies belong to the Nymphaeaceae family and grow in shallow water and wetlands, with its roots in the sediment and its leaves and flowers floating on the water surface.

There are about 60 species of water lilies around the world. The white (Nymphaea) and yellow (Nuphar) water lilies are among the most primitive dicotyledons with features such as a large number of floral leaves arranged in concentric circles.

The white water lily thrives in about 20 to 30 lakes in Aland and can also be found in marshes on many archipelago islands. More common than the white water lily, the yellow water lily grows in about 50 lakes in Aland. Its floating leaves can cover large areas up to an acre in size.

My recent cover

Just received this beautiful cover sent by  Zeljko Vasilik from , Croatia . All stamps on the cover  feature flowers and the special postmark on the cover shows “Floraart” .

Picture 132

Picture 132

Many thanks to Zeljko Vasilik, Croatia

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