Republic of the Philippines - Stamps & Postal History

RP Issues of 2018











2018, October 9.  Philippine Flowers, Series 2

Litho Offset, Amstar Printing Company, Inc.,  Perf 13.5

Singles, Sheets of 100



17p  Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae) -  500,000



First Day Covers:  Manila




Philippine Flowers Definitives - Series 2

BIRD OF PARADISE (Strelitzia reginae) A tropical-looking evergreen plant valued for its unique, large, bird-like, orange, blue and white flower heads. Crowns of long stalks with large grey-green foliage provide year-round interest. Long lasting cut flowers. Use an accent, especially on patios or near pools. Works well for containers.

The bird of paradise flower meaning includes joy and paradise, as it is the quintessential tropical flower. It originates from South Africa, where it is also nicknamed the Crane Flower. This flower has been grown at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, South Africa since 1773. The scientific name for the bird of paradise is Strelitzia reginae, which was named by Sir Joseph Banks, who was the director of the royal gardens. He named genus, Strelitzia, after Queen Charlotte who was the Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

The bird of paradise gets its name from the fact that its flower is made of three bright orange petals and three blue petals which are fused together into a single bud. As the flower blooms, each petal makes its debut and the resulting shape mirrors that of a tropical bird in flight.

Bird of paradise meanings include joyfulness and paradise, as well as anticipation and excitement. Other meanings include faithfulness, love, and thoughtfulness.  The bird of paradise is the official flower for a ninth wedding anniversary.  Birds of paradise also represent having a good perspective on life.





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Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak

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