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RP Issues of 2003





2003, May 16.   Philippine Orchids

Litho Offset.  APO-NEDA,  Perf 13 1/2 (6p, 17p, 21p);  Amstar Company, Inc., Perf 14 1/4 (9p)

Singles, Sheets of 100 (6p, 17p, 21p);  Sheets of 200 (9p)




  6p  Popcorn Orchid (Dendrobium uniflorum)   Singles  (16,520,000)

  9p  Urban's Paphiopedilum (Paphiopedilum urbanianum)   Singles  (2,180,000)

17p  Lyon's Epigeneium (Epigeneium lyonii)   Singles  (1,063,000)

21p  Tapering Thrixspermum (Thrixspermum subulatum)   Singles  (1,080,000)


Design Coordinators:  Anton D.A. Claro, Cesar Apolonio

Lay-out Artist:  Alfonso V. Divina

Designs:  Photographs taken from the Book, Native Philippine Orchids by Hans H. Fessel and Peter Balzer, Times Edition, Paciencia P. Milan, Program Director, VISCA-GTZApplied Tropical Ecology Program and President, Leyte State University.


First Day Covers:  Manila




Dendrobium uniflorum.  The popularly known "Popcorn Orchid", has erect to spreading, cylindrical stems that are up to 40 cm. long. It bear many leaves which measures about 3.5 cm. long and 1 cm. wide. The solitary flowers appear on the nodes of the stems. Found all over the Philippines.

Paphiopedilum urbanianum - This orchid is a semi-terrestrial orchid. The leaves are pale green, tessellated with dark green spots, up to 20 cm. long, and 4 cm. wide. The inflorescence is erect, up to about 25 cm. high, usually one or sometimes two-flowered. The dorsal sepal is up to about 35 mm. long, white with green stripes; the synsepatum is about 30 mm. long, white with green stripes; the petals are about 50 mm. long, undulate, whitish with pale green veins. The apical half is purple, spotted with dark purple, the margins sparsely hairy. The lip is about 40 mm. long, dull purple in front, greenish at back, margins at back rolled inward. The staminode is nearly circular and notched above and below. The flower has two separated sticky pollinia

Epigeneium lyonii.  The pseudobulbs of Epigeneium lyonii are 5 to 7 cm. long and 2.5 to 4 cm. wide, four-angled, bifoliate. The feathery leaves are oblong, 17 to 25 cm. long, and 3.5 to 5.5 cm. wide. The apex is unequally bilobed. The flower stalk is very long, arching and longer than the leaves. The flowers are large, white and purplish red. It is endemic in Luzon and Samar, found in Bataan, Kalinga-Apayao, Laguna and Rizal.

Thrixspermum subulatum.  It has long and pendent shoots, often with side shoots. The leaves are thick, fleshy, shiny and leathery. At the short inflorescences, some flowers appear within a few weeks on many nodes. The flowers do not open completely. The three-lobed lip has a sac-like spur; the large pointed lateral lobes are erect or envelope the column. Found in Bontoc and Ilocos Norte.




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Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak

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Issues of 2003