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RP Issues of 2019











2019, June 10.  Popular Flowers of the Philippines, Series 3

Litho Offset, Amstar Printing Company, Inc.,  Perf 14

Singles, Sheets of 100



100p  Bougainvillea (Boungainvillae spectabilis) (500,000)


Graphic Artist:  Rodine C. Teodoro



First Day Covers:  Manila




Popular Flowers of the Philippines, Definitives, Series 3

BOUGAINVILLEA  (Boungainvillae spectabilis).  Bougainvilleas are popular flowering plants in most areas especially with tropical or warm climates.   It is commonly seen in front of home gardens, in parks or in wide-open business establishments.  During summer, Boungainvilleas burst into a spectacular bloom of colors which no one will surely fail to notice.  Not only are Bougainvilleas beautiful and relaxing to look at when they’re in bloom, they’re also inexpensive and easy to maintain. Bougainvillea seedling can easily be bought from garden stores or one may also grow your own seedling by planting a stem cutting of the plant straight into the soil or pot.

The Bougainvillea, sometimes called in other countries as Paper Flower, is a group of thorny ornamental vines, bushes, and trees with strikingly showy colorful paper-like flowers.  It is scientifically known as Boungainvillae spectabilis, however, most of our plants nowadays are hybrids.  Plant experts accept that there are between four to 18 species in the genus.  Through breeding, numerous hybrids have been artificially produced, with more flower colors to choose from and some with double flowers.

In the Philippines, Boungainvillae are usually evergreen all year round, but may loose their leaves or deciduous in some areas during summer, after which could produce a floriferous display of blooms.  The actual flower of the plant is small and generally white, but each cluster of three flowers is surrounded by three or six paper-like bracts with the bright colors, which can be pink, magenta, purple, red, orange, white, or yellow.





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Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak

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