Wild flowers of Greece on postage stamps

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Hilary

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Re: Wild flowers of Greece on postage stamps
« Reply #30 on: October 07, 2016, 10:47:07 AM »
Lovely photo
Yes, I noticed the name change but went with what was written on the stamp.
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Hilary

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« Reply #31 on: October 08, 2016, 07:10:26 AM »
Cheating a little today.

Myrtus communis
This stamp depicts one of the finds  from a tomb at Vergina.
The wreath is of gold Myrtle leaves and flowers.

1979 ΒΕΡΓΙΝΑ
ΑΡΧΑΙΟΛΟΓΙΚΑ ΕΥΡΗΜΑΤΑ

1979 VERGINA
ARCHAEOLOGICAL  DISCOVERIES
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Hilary

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« Reply #32 on: October 09, 2016, 08:08:32 AM »
Orchidea = A Greek orchid = ΟΡΧΙΔΕΑ
This stamp, dated 2001, shows a Greek orchid flower on Pelion.

Pelion,Πήλιο, is a thickly forested area on the east of Greece, near Volos, which was the home to Chiron the Centaur.

The Euro currency was  first circulated in January 2002 but before that stamps and most items were priced with both Drachma and Euro

I wonder if anyone knows which Orchid this is?
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Alisdair

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Re: Wild flowers of Greece on postage stamps
« Reply #33 on: October 09, 2016, 08:16:01 AM »
Looks like a helleborine, Hilary, perhaps Cephalanthera longifolia
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JTh

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Re: Wild flowers of Greece on postage stamps
« Reply #34 on: October 09, 2016, 10:00:32 AM »
I agree with you, Alisdair, it certainly looks like Cephalanthera longifolia, which I have often seen in the Holomondas.
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Member of the MGS  since 2004. Gardening in Oslo and to a limited extent in Halkidiki, Greece.

Hilary

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« Reply #35 on: October 10, 2016, 06:33:21 AM »
Many thanks.
I should get out and wander in the woods.
So many plants waiting for me there.
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Hilary

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« Reply #36 on: October 10, 2016, 06:34:45 AM »
Lilium chalcedonicum = Scarlet lily of Chalcedony.

This stamp from 2001 depicts the lily with a background of Plastiras Lake, Karditsa.
The artificial lake is fed by the Tavropos River

ΛΙΛΙΟΥΜ 
Λίμνη Πλαστήρα Καρδίτσας
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« Reply #37 on: October 11, 2016, 07:28:08 AM »
Phoenix theophrasti= Cretan date palm
This 0,05 E stamp, dated 2004, depicts the beach at Vai, Crete.[ Κρήτη- Βάι]
The beach is famous for its forest of Cretan date palms.
Also a doctored photo from our visit to Crete in 1986
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« Reply #38 on: October 12, 2016, 08:14:05 AM »
Pinus pinea
This 4E stamp shows the famous beach on the island of  Skiathos, the Koukounaries.
Koukounaria,Κουκουνάρια, are pine trees, this forest reaches right down to the sea.

The photo was taken from a distance when we visited the island in 1989.
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« Reply #39 on: October 13, 2016, 06:44:10 AM »
Gladiolus illyricus = Wild Gladiolus
This 0.20 stamp, from a postage stamp  series of 2005, shows one of the wild Gladiolus which grow in Greece.

The photo is of some, probably not Gladiolus illyricus,  I saw growing in a garden on the island of Corfu several years ago.
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« Reply #40 on: October 14, 2016, 07:38:07 AM »
Crocus sieberi   Sometimes called the Snow Crocus.

The 0.40 E stamp shows a  crocus, apparently  very common in Greece, emerging from the snow.
 
The photo was taken of mauve crocus in a friend's garden in Leeds, January this year

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« Reply #41 on: October 15, 2016, 08:08:02 AM »
Rhododendron luteum = Honeysuckle Azalea, Yellow Azalea

This 1.40 E postage stamp depicts a Yellow Azalea which, in Greece, only grows on the island of Lesvos.

For those of you who like to read Greek it is named Ροδόδενδρο το κίτρινο , Αγουίδουρας
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« Reply #42 on: October 16, 2016, 06:47:08 AM »
Vitis vinifera, Xinomavro, red wine grape
This stamp, from a series of 2005  about agriculture /wine, shows the red Xinomavro grapes.
Xinomavro ,sour black.
These  grapes  are grown in the north of Greece to make dark red wine.
I am afraid I have not been able to find out anything about the ancient coin depicting the "Star of Vergina"
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« Reply #43 on: January 22, 2017, 09:27:07 AM »
The HELLENIC POST  issued a series in December 2016 named BLOOMING HERBS OF THE GREEK LAND.
I couldn't resist the temptation and bought the presentation pack.

Origanum dictamnus , Cretan dittany,Δίκταμος

I quote from a site I found on the internet
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is a healing, therapeutic and aromatic plant that only grows wild on the mountainsides and gorges of the Greek island of Crete

There are many references to Origanum dictamnus in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.
I chose one at random, issue number 37, July 2004, on page 40, in the article "HORTA" by Caroline Davies
 
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« Reply #44 on: January 23, 2017, 09:02:25 AM »
Cistus creticus - Pink Rock-Rose,  Λαδανιά

The 20 cent stamp in the  2016 series  BLOOMING HERBS OF THE GREEK LAND.

From WILD FLOWERS of the MEDITERRANEAN by MARJORIE BLAMEY and CHRISTOPHER GREY-WILSON.

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"Ladanum , which is said to be collected from the leaves in hot weather by dragging a rake-like implement through the bushes (it was probably a source of myrrh).The resultant dark brown gum is fragrant and bitter-tasting and  is used in perfumes and medicinal pastes"

This plant is mentioned many times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN so I have chosen at random issue number 10, Autumn 1997,page 23.
The article is by Richard Morphy and the title is ...AND IN GREECE 
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