Miniature Sheets of Sixteen (3,125)
24p Souvenir Sheets of Four (12,500)
Design Coordinator: Ferdinand C. Lao
Alfonso V. Divina
First Day Covers: Manila
Cacti & Succulents of the Philippines
Mammilaria spinosissima (Photo by Ferdinand C. Lao)
- Oval shaped, bluish-green plants up to 20cm high, 6-7mm thick.
They have oval, cone-like tubercles and white woolly and bristly
Epithelantha bokei (Photo by Johann Espiritu; plant
in the collection of Kevin Belmonte) - From the Big Bend area in
West Texas, USA, E. bokei is probably the most beautiful of all
species in the Genus. The plant is usually found growing solitary in
the wild, although multi-headed specimens have also been found. It
is difficult to find among the limestone it inhabits. In
cultivation, it sometimes produces offsets and clusters, although
other specimens remain solitary. The creamy white or pure white
spines lie very close to the plant's body, and gives the plant a
Rebutia sp. (Photo by Johann Espiritu) - Genus of
mostly clump forming, spherical to columnar, perrenical cacti with
flowers produced in profusion from plat bases, usually 2-3 years
after raising from seeds. Much ribbed tuberculate, green stems have
Turbinicarpus alonsoi (Photo by Johann Espiritu;
plant in the collection of Kevin Belmonte) - From Guanajuato,
Mexico. First described in 1996 and named after its discover, a
Mexican boy named Alonso. It is one of the most beautiful and
distinct members of the Genus Turbinicarpus, a group of rare and
small sized, globular cacti with spines which are usually papery,
hairy or feathery and found only in Mexico. The plants have
beautiful flowers. T. alonsoi is solitary, possesses a large tap
root, is globose greyish-green or glaucous with a flattened top. In
the wild, it grows partly underground, and attains a size of up to
4.4 inches long (11cm), 2.4 to 3.6 inches in diameter (6 to 9cm).
The spines are weak and generally falloff from the older tubercles
of the plant. T. alonsoi generally flowers from March to October,
mainly between April and June. The flowers are cherry red to
pink-magenta, with a more intensely coloured mid-stripe.
(Photo by Peter Bangayan) - Native to South Africa, with Glaucus
blue-green incurved leaves 8-10cm long, with small white tubercles
on the underside.
Euphorbia golisana (Photo by Ferdinand C. Lao) -
Originated from Somalia. Sometimes mistaken for a cactus because of
its leafless, green spindly stem with small flowers at the ends.
Secretes a white milky sap when injured. Care should be taken when
handling these plants, as certain individuals may experience skin
irritation from the sap. The Euphorbias are named after a Greek
surgeon called Euphorbus. He was physician of Juba II who was the
Romanised king of a North African kingdom, and is supposed to have
used their milky latex as an ingredient for his potions.
Gymnocalycium sp. (Photo by Ferdinand C. Lao) -
Gymnocalycium is native to South America. Most species are globose,
rather small, varying from 1.5 to 6 inches in size (4cm to 15cm).
They are popular for their easy flowering habits, although the
flowers are generally brightly colored. They are also popular for
their ease to care for. The genus name "gymnocalycium" comes from
the Greek for "naked calyx" referring to the flower buds bearing no
hair or spines.
Mammilaria sp. (Photo by Johann Espiritu) - Most
are native to Mexico, some are native from southwestern USA,
Caribbean, Central America or even a couple in northern South
America. In their range you can find Mammillarias from sea level to
high elevations. They also vary in size from miniature 1 inch in
diameter (2.5cm) to columnar types 1 foot tall (30cm). In general
the Mammillarias bloom easily, but many species need a rest period
in winter during which they are kept cool in order to bloom.
Furthermore, flowers form a ring on.tissue grown the previous
growing season, so it is important to get them to grow every year,
which means regular watering and fertilizing during their growing