2018, April 23. Philippine Flowers, Series 1
Litho Offset, Amstar Printing Company, Inc., Perf 13.5
Singles, Sheets of 100
1p Sampaguita (Jasmin sambac)
5p Gumamela (Hibiscus
sp.) - 1,250,000
12p Kopsia (Kopsia fruticosa) -
35p Pasaw (Pseuderanthemum reticulatum)
First Day Covers: Manila
Philippine Flowers Definitives - Series 1
National flower of Philippines, grown in the tropics, mostly
for its rich fragrance. Its
complex chemical composition makes it a worthwhile option for
medicinal and ornamental purposes. Sampaguita is a flowering shrub
with small fragrant white flowers and is a species of jasmine.
According to a Filipino legend, a jasmine shrub grew on the grave of
an ill-fated lover who waited for the other to fulfill a promise.
Thus, the name sampaguita is derived from the words "sampai kita",
which means "I promise you".
A shrub that grows from one meter up to 4 meters high.
Gumamela is also known as Hibiscus, China Rose and Shoeflower. In
the Philippines, Gumamela is cultivated as an ornamental plant. The gumamela
flower comes in many colors: red, yellow, orange, white, purple,
pink and other color combinations.
Tall bush with simple leaves. Growth is not rapid but does
well when given good treatment. Marcots and cuttings are the normal
ways of propagated. An ornamental commonly grown in groups in
gardens. It has pale green
leathery leaves, and the delicate five-petaled flowers are white or
a very pale pink, with a vivid crimson center.
A fantastic foliage plant, having bright lime green and
yellow leaves. The small, white flowers have purple-pink spots
that are concentrated at the base of the petals.
It requires full sun, though it behaves quite well in semi
shade. The spikes of white flowers with pink centers are
conspicuous. It will grow anywhere in the garden, even quite
close to the sea front, but it needs to be kept well pruned, and
will grow easily from cuttings.