Republic of the Philippines - Stamps & Postal History

RP Issues of 2004




2004, March 9.  Philippine Orchids

Litho Offset.  APO Production Unit, Inc.,  Perf. 14  1/4

Singles, Sheets of 100





  1 Liparis latifolia -  Singles    (1,000,000)

  5p  Spathoglottis plicataSingles  (20,000,000)


Layout Artist:   Alfonso V. Divina

Designs:   Native Philippine Orchids (Photographs taken from the Book, "Native Philippine Orchids" by Nans N. Fessel and Peter Baizer, Times Edition, Paciencia P. Milan, Program Director, VISCA-GTZ Applied Tropical Ecology Program and President, Leyte State University).  The book is provided by Cesar Apolonio.


First Day Covers:  Manila



Orchids of the Philippines

Liparis latifolia.   The pseudobulbs of Liparis latifolia are very close together, somewhat flattened, and up to 9 cm long. The leaves are leathery, acute, about 24 cm long and 5 cm wide. The inflorescence is terminal, upright, slightly longer than the leaves, many flowered. The flowers are small in size, brick red, some with a greenish tint, sepals and petals pointing downward. The lip is recurved through 180, with a darker color, bilobed; its margin is erose. The pollinarium has four pollinia.

Spathoglottis plicata.  Spathoglottis plicata is a terrestrial orchid. The pseudobulbs are up to 7 cm long, and 5 cm wide. The leaves have lengthwise folds (plicate), and are 30 to 120 cm long, and 3 to 9 cm wide; the petiole is 10 to 15 cm long, The infloresence is erect, up tp 75 cm tall. The flowers do not all open at the same time. The flowers are white, pale pink, rose to dark purple, 3 to 5 cm in diameter. The sepals are widely stretched out, up to about 25 mm long and 9 to 13 mm wide. The petals are similar but slightly broader than the sepals. The lip is trilobed, having a callus between the side-lobes. The pollinarium has eight pollinia in two groups.





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