09 March 2018

Indian Lotus on new Canadian Stamp

Here are two new beautiful stamps on Lotus issued by Canada Post. The   Canada Post has marked spring’s return with its annual flower stamp issue, which was  released on 1st March 2018.This year, the focus is on aquatic blooms with two domestic-rate Permanent stamps featuring two varieties of lotus, Indian Lotus ( Nelumbo nucifera) and Amreican Lotus ( Nelumbo lutea).


The only lotus indigenous to American Continent, the American lotus (Nelumbo lutea) has a creamy yellow flower and needs warmth and sunshine. The rare and threatened species grows at its northern limit along the shores of Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair in southern Ontario. It is also found in wetlands across most of the eastern U.S. and as far south as Honduras.

The sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera), which bears delicate pink and white petals, is the national flower of India and has deep religious significance for Buddhists and Hindus. Native to the tropical and warm-temperate regions of Asia and Australia, this lotus is cultivated in North America and can become wild.

Stamp designers Gary Beelik and Kristine Do, of Toronto’s Parcel Design, used water colour portraits by Eunike Nugroho to depict different bloom phases in a pair of se-tenant stamps. The blue background evokes a watery habitat while a spot gloss varnish reveals a Chinese Bulbul bird, a koi fish and a dragonfly, all of which share their environment with lotuses.

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