Republic of the Philippines - Stamps & Postal History

RP Issues of 2003





2003, November 4.  Philippine Orchids - Redrawn

Re-issued with scientific name added to design

Litho Offset.  Amstar Company, Inc.  Perf 13 1/2

Singles, Sheets of 200





   9p  Paphiopedilum urbanianum  -  Singles  (2, 240,000)



First Day Covers:  Manila



Philippine Orchid - Paphiopedilum

Paphiopedilum urbanianum is a species of plant in the Orchidaceae family. It is endemic to Mindoro in the Philippines. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. It is almost extinct in the wild, partly due to habitat loss, but even more so because of unsustainable collecting for the horticultural trade.

This small sized, terrestrial orchid with mottled green leaves is found in the Philippines at elevations of 400 to 800 meters in humus pockets between rocks on the forest floor in deep shade with 4 to 5, narrowly or oblong-elliptic, tesselated dark and light green above, basal margins ciliate leaves and blooms on an erect, terminal 10 10" [25 cm] long, inflorescence with ovate, green veined maroon, pubescent floral bract carrying a single flower occurring in the winter and spring.




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Issues of 2003