Republic of the Philippines - Stamps & Postal History

RP Issues of 2003





2003, August 8 (- October 10).   Philippine Orchids

Re-issued with scientific names added to designs

Litho Offset.  APO-NEDA,  Perf 13 1/2

Singles, Sheets of 200



Exists in two types of papers:

17p Epigeneium lyonii   Singles  (1,860,500 +) - Glossy/White Paper

17p Epigeneium lyonii   Singles  (2,126,500 +) - Dull/Cream Paper

21p Thrixspermum subulatum   Singles  (1,620,000 +) - Glossy/White Paper

21p Thrixspermum subulatum   Singles  (2,430,100 +) - Dull/Cream Paper


Design Coordinator:  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




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