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RP Issues of 2016











2016, September 30.  Philippine Orchids

Litho Offset, Amstar Company, Inc.,  Perf 14

Se-tenant Blocks of 4,  Miniature Sheets of 16;  Souvenir Sheets of Four






Se-tenant Blocks or Strips of Four  (24,000)

12p  Waling-waling (Vanda sanderiana)

12p  Dancing Lady Orchid (Oncidium sp.)

12p  Mrs. Sanders dendrobium (Dendrobium sanderae var luzonicum)

12p  Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis sp.)


Miniature Sheets of 16  (Four Se-tenant B/4) (6,000)


48p Souvenir Sheets of Four  (5,000)

12p  Dear Antler Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis comu-cervi)*

12p  Catleya (Hsinying rouge ‘CH # 6’ Rhyncholaeliocattleya)

12p  Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsisching hua wizard x hsinying Julia)

12p  Dark Purple Trichoglottis (Trichoglottis atropurpurea)


*  Wrong spelling of name on stamps - "Dear" instead of "Deer"


Graphic Artist:  Victorino Z. Serevo

Design Coordinator:  Jonathan Blaza (Photo Provider)



First Day Covers:  Manila





Waling-waling (Vanda sanderiana).   Considered to be the "Queen of Philippine Flowers".  It is also worshipped as Diwata (fairy) by the native Bagobos and discovered in the year 1882. It is the rarest, most beautiful, and most expensive orchid among thousands of species in the Philippines.  It is also one of the largest species of orchids in the world. Out of 8,000 species of flowering plants around the world, 3,500 species can be found only in the country. The discovery of this wild flower has prompted cultivation of colorful and attractive hybrids that are now part of the world’s multibillion-dollar orchid and cut flower industry.

Dancing Lady (Oncidium Orchid).  Produces dozens of small flowers at the same time, giving a spectacular show that lasts for several weeks.  It has multiple blooms of bright yellow with a reddish brown center. The flowers can have large, bright yellow labellum or lip which people likened to the skirt of a ballerina.  As the flower stems sway in the breeze the flowers dance, giving the impression of dancing ladies.

Mrs. Sander's Dendrobium (Dendrobium sanderae).   Native to the Philippines and found in the mountainous region of Central Luzon specifically in the Luzon tropical pine forests at altitudes of about 1000 to 1600 meters.  They grow on the trunks of pine trees and blooms during the dry season.

Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis).   Locally known as “Mariposa”,  this is one of the most popular orchids which are pleasing to the eyes.  Flower shape appearing like large moths or butterflies flying in the air.  Used both in landscaping and also in garden shows as a specimen plant.  The species is also used as a breeding stock in the development of modern Phalaenopsis hybrids of today. 

On Souvenir Sheets:

Deer Antler Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis comu-cervi).  The compact deer antler moth orchid bears branched stems decorated with star-like, spotted blossoms.  Naturally found growing as an epiphyte (growing upon a plant) or lithophyte (growing upon a rock), this fragrant orchid is native to forested regions from India to Indonesia and the Philippines.  They thrive in hot tropical climates and requires bright filtered light for good growth and flowering. It is a true epiphyte that grows best mounted on a tree trunk, cork slab or nestled in a slatted basket or pot.

Catleya (Hsinying rouge ‘CH #6’ Rhyncholaeliocattleya).  Rhyncholaeliocattleya, abbreviated Rlc. in the horticultural trade, is the orchid nothogenus for intergeneric hybrid greges containing at least one ancestor species from each of the two ancestral genera Rhyncholaelia Schltr, Cattleya Lindl., and from no other genera.  The many greges in this nothogenus are among the most spectacular of cultivated orchids. Many are particularly valued for the large showy labellum.

Dark Purple Trichoglottis (Trichoglottis atropurpurea).  A species of orchid endemic to the Philippines.  This hot to warm growing epiphyte was first found growing in mangrove swamp in the islands of Biliran, Catanduanes, Mindanao (Agusan del Sur and Davao) and Polillo.   The plant shares the same appearance with T. philippinensis except for the rich dark color of the blooms and slight variation of the perianth.




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Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak

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