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RP Issues of 2004





2004, June 11.  Philippine Orchids

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

Singles, Sheets of 100





  3p  Phalaenopsis philippinensis Singles    (1,000,000)

  4p  Phalaenopsis fasciata -  Singles    (500,000)

  9p  Phalaenopsis pulchraSingles    (5,000,000)

20p  Phaius tankervilleae -  Singles    (4,000,000)



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

Phalaenopsis philippinensis has mottled leaves that are up to 35 cm long and 9 cm wide. The inflorescence grows up to 40 cm long, is erect to bent, mostly branched, many-flowered. The flowers, which reach 55 mm in diameter, are white. The lateral lobes of the lip are intensively yellow. The middle portion on the lip bears a callus between the lateral lobes; in the apical part it has two thread-like appendages. The pollinarium has two cleft pollinia connected to a stipe with a large viscidium.

Phalaenopsis fasciata  has leaves, which grow to 25 cm long, are yellowish green. The inflorescence is spreading, longer than the leaves. The flowers are shiny, wax-like, around 50 mm in diameter, and appear two or three at a time. The lip is three-lobed; the middle lobe has a central keel and few hairs on the apical part.  The pollinarium has two cleft pollinia.

Phalaenopsis pulchra has leaves that are yellowish green, elliptic, and grows up to 25 cm long. The inflorescence is about as long as the leaves, spreading to pendent, few-flowered. The flowers reach 50 mm in diameter. They are luminous purple red and shiny; against the light, lighter dots and stripes are visible. The lip is three-lobed; it has a keel in the middle part between the lateral lobes and is thickened and a little hairy toward the apex; the lateral lobes are yellow. The pollinarium has two cleft pollinia.

Phaius tankervilleae is a large terrestrial plant. Its pseudobulbs are about 35 mm long. The leaves are up to 1 m long, and 12 cm wide. The inflorescence is erect, sometimes up to 1.5 m tall, bearing 10 to 25 flowers. The flowers are about 12 cm in diameter; the petals and sepals are white on their back with varying shades of red or brown on the front. The sepals are widely stretched out, acute, up to about 60 mm long; the petals are smaller but also acute. The lip is only indistinctly trilobed, and deep purple. The pollinarium has eight waxy pollinia.





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