Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Singapore Flora FDC

Singapore FDC
Name: Flora & Fauna (Definitive Issue)
Date of Issue: 06 May 2009

In 2007, the new series of Definitive stamps featured a range of Flora and Fauna of which the Frangipanni and Torch Ginger were beautifully illustreated and featured. To make the Definitive series more varied, this year, another two flowering plants are added to the collection.

1ST LOCAL: The Blue Pea Vine (Clitoria ternatea)
The Blue Pea Vine (Clitoria ternatea), also commonly known as the Butterfly Pea, is a vine native to tropical and equatorial Asia. A perennial climber with a woody base, it can climb tall grasses and crops, grows well in moist neutral soil and requires little care. It has been used as a leguminous mulch within elephant grass to improve the grass protein levels. Now it is widely grown as an ornamental plant. The flowers are harvested and are a traditional source of a blue food colour.

1ST LOCAL: The Pigeon Orchid (Dendrobium crumenatum)
The Pigeon Orchid (Dendrobium crumenatum) is a member of the family Orchidaceae. This orchid produces white, fragrant flowers with a yellow tinted throat. From the side, the orchid resembles a flying pigeon, and hence, it is also commonly known as the Pigeon Orchid. This epiphytic plant, is common in Singapore and Malaysia, growing naturally on trees. It is a widely cultivated ornamental and landscape plant.

$5 Collectors' Sheet: The Pigeon Orchid (Dendrobium crumenatum)
The Collectors' Sheet uses the offset lithography with embroidery technique.

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