Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Japan Flowers FDC

Japan FDC
Name: Prefectural Flowers (1st Series)
Date of Issue: 01 July 2008

Lilium auratum - Kanagawa Prefecture (神奈川県)
Lilium auratum is one of the true lilies, native to Japan. The flower colour is typically white, with gold radial markings, and orange spots. Variations in flower colour and markings are known. The flowers are the largest of any lily species, and the largest plants can be up to 2.5 m high, and carry up to twenty of these. It is strongly scented.

It has been used widely in breeding, and many of the more spectacular modern cultivars are derived in part from this species. It may be called the Golden rayed lily of Japan, and Goldband lily.

(2) Rosa rugosa - Hokkaidō (北海道)
Rosa rugosa (Rugosa Rose, Japanese Rose, or Ramanas Rose) is a species of rose native to eastern Asia, in northeastern China, Japan, Korea and southeastern Siberia, where it grows on the coast, often on sand dunes. The Japanese name is (ハマナス(hamanasu)), meaning "shore pear".

(3) Rhododendron brachycarpum - Fukushima Prefecture (福島県)

(4) Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.) - Yamagata Prefecture (山形県)
Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.) is a highly branched, herbaceous, thistle-like annual, usually with many long sharp spines on the leaves. Plants are 30 to 150 cm tall with globular flower heads (capitula) and commonly, brilliant yellow, orange or red flowers which bloom in July. Each branch will usually have from one to five flower heads containing 15 to 20 seeds per head. Safflower has a strong taproot which enables it to thrive in dry climates, but the plant is very susceptible to frost injury from stem elongation to maturity.

(5) Gentian (Gentiana scabra var. buergeri) - Nagano Prefecture (長野県)
Gentiana scabra (or Japanese gentian) is a species of flowering plant in the Gentian family (Gentianaceae), found in much of the United states and Japan. The flowers bloom during July and August, and are blue or dark blue in color.

Comment: Same flower has 2 different denominations, do you think it is necessary?

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