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Stamps featuring the Native Orchids

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ln view of the upcoming change in domestic airmail rate to P8, the Philippine Postal Corporation will issue some new denominations in the native orchids definitive series to meet operational needs.

Stamps featuring native Philippine Orchids I

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

Trivias about the Native Orchids

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Liparis latifolia

The pseudobulbs of Lrparis latifolia are very close together, somewhat flattened, and up to 9 cm long. The leaves are leathery, acute, about 24 cm long and 5 cm wide The inflorescence is terminal, upright, slightly longer than the leaves, many flowered. The flowers are small in size, brick red, some with a greenish tint, sepals and petals pointing downward. The lip is recurved through '1 80", with a darker color, bilobed; its margin is erose. The pollinarium has four pollinia.

 

Stamps featuring Native Philippine Orchids II

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To cope with the expected increase in mail volume during the holidays, the Philippine Postal Corporation will issue more P6.00 local - rate stamps, with 4 new designs added to the current native orchids definitive series.

Trivias about Native Philippine Orchids I

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Phalaenopsis philippinensis has mottled leaves that are up to 35 cm long and 9 cm wide. The inflorescence grows up to 40 cm long, is erect to bent, mostly branched, many-flowered. The flowers, which reach 55 mm in diameter, are white. The lateral lobes of the lip are intensively yellow. The middle portion on the lip bears a callus between the lateral lobes; in the apical part it has two thread-like appendages. The pollinarium has two cleft pollinia connected to a stipe with a large viscidium.

Phalaenopsis fasciata is similar in form to P. amabilis but smaller. The leaves, which grow to 25 cm long, are yellowish green. The inflorescence is spreading, longer than the leaves. The flowers are shiny, wax-like, around 50 mm in diameter, and appear two or three at a time. The lip is three-lobed; the middle lobe has a central keel and few hairs on the apical part. The pollinarium has two cleft pollinia.

 

Trivias about Native Philippine Orchids II

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Phalaenopsis fuscata

Phalaenopsis fuscata has short, erect stems. The leaves are slender, ovobate, up to 30 cm long, 6 cm wide, greyish green. The few-flowered inflorescence is spreading, bent to nearly pendent, up to 40 cm long, longer than the leaves. The flowers are fleshy, shiny wax-like, about 30 mm in diameter. The margins of the sepals and petals are bent backward. The lip is three-lobed; the middle part has a central keel; the front part is shell-formed. The pollinarium has two cleft pollinia.

Phalaenopsis stuartiana

Phalaenopsis stuartiana has a little less intensively mottled leaves compare to P, schilleriana, some plants being nearly pure green. They are green below and up to 35 cm long. The inflorescences are many-flowered, erect to overhanging, branched, and up to 75 cm long. The flowers, which reach 70 mm in diameter, are white to yellowish. The lateral sepals and the lip bear numerous brownish spots. The lip is three-lobed; the mid-lobe has a callus between the lateral lobes and in the apical part are anchor-like appendages. The pollinarium has two cleft pollinia connected to a stipe with a large viscidium.