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)
Popcorn Orchid (Dendrobium uniflorum) –
Urban's Paphiopedilum (Paphiopedilum urbanianum)
Lyon's Epigeneium (Epigeneium lyonii) –
Tapering Thrixspermum (Thrixspermum subulatum) –
Anton D.A. Claro, Cesar Apolonio
Lay-out Artist: Alfonso V. Divina
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
First Day Covers: Manila
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.