Republic of the Philippines - Stamps & Postal History

RP Issues of 2003





2003, September 15.   Philippine Orchids - Redrawn

Re-issued with scientific names added to designs

Litho Offset.  APO-NEDA,  Perf 13 1/2

Singles, Sheets of 200



  6p Dendrobium uniflorum Singles  (49,600,000 +)

10p Kingidium philippinense Singles  (3,240,000)

22p Trichoglottis philippinensis Singles  (3,970,000)


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

Lay-out Artist: Alfonso V. Divina

Designs:  Paphiopedilum urbanianum - (Photograph 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.

Kingidium philippinense.  Has the habit of a Phalaenopsis plant. The short shoot is about 4 cm long; the four to eight leaves grow up to 18 cm long. The branched inflorescence is erect and longer than the leaves, bearing flowers of about 12 mm in diameter. The three-lobed lip has calli between and on the lateral lobes.

Trichoglottis philippinensis.  Has very long, erect shoots which can sometimes be branched. The leaves are stiff pod leathery. The flowers appear solitary on several nodes and the lip is three-lobed. The spur is more like a cave in the fleshy lip. On the back wall of the very short spur is a tongue-like, densely hairy structure. It is endemic and found in Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and Palawan.




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Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak

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Issues of 2003