Plants of the world on postage stamps

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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #675 on: September 10, 2018, 06:16:35 AM »
Oxalis pes-caprae, Bermuda Buttercup.

One of the stamps, in a series of four, issued by the Channel Island
THE BAILIWICK OF GUERNSEY.
The series  was named WILD FLOWERS and issued in 1972.

This plant is a very invasive weed and fills the olive groves here in spring with its acid yellow flowers. Luckily it quickly dies down and leaves the fields looking as they should in summer, a rather pale gold colour.
I donít seem to have a photo of a field full of Bermuda Buttercup but I do have a close up. 

To read an article about the Bermuda Buttercup with an unlikely title
Go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 40, April 2005
IN PRAISE OF Oxalis pes-caprae by John Harraway
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #676 on: September 11, 2018, 10:51:06 AM »
Tulipa edulis, Amana edulis

A stamp issued by Mongolia in 1960
There are eight stamps in the series named FLOWERS
This flowering bulb now goes by the name of Amana edulis and as the name suggests it is edible.
The plant grows in China, Japan and Korea
I must say the photos of Amana edulis on the internet look nothing like the one depicted on the stamp
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #677 on: September 12, 2018, 07:21:34 AM »
Gallirallus Australis, Weka, Maori Hen

A stamp issued by New Zealand in 1966

You can read all about this flightless bird here
http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/weka

This bird is not mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but I am sure it would be if there were more articles than the two I have found about New Zealand
I am recommending again that you read
ACCIDENTAL MEDITERRANEAN by Marion Abrams in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 19,Winter 2000
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Caroline

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #678 on: September 12, 2018, 10:39:27 PM »
How to cook weka - put in a pot with water to cover and add two or three river stones.  boil until cooked, throw away the weka and eat the resulting "soup".
I am establishing a garden on Waiheke Island, 35 minutes out of Auckland. The site is windy, the clay soil dries out quickly in summer and is like plasticine in winter, but it is still very rewarding. Water is an issue, as we depend on tanks. I'm looking forward to sharing ideas. Caroline

Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #679 on: September 13, 2018, 05:50:03 AM »
Chorisia speciosa, now known as Ceiba speciosa, PALO BORRACHO,
 [which means Drunken stick], Silk floss tree

The first stamp of the nine stamp series issued in 1983 by Argentina

We saw a yellow flowered  version of this tree in the garden of our hotel in Cairo in 1994 and were fascinated by the sharp knobs on the trunk.
Here are a couple of photos from that time.

There are several references to this exotic tree in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
I have chosen number 82, October 2015 for you to read
 VALENCIA Ė A TOWN OF TREES by Edith Haeuser
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #680 on: September 14, 2018, 07:29:31 AM »
Triticum aestivum, Common Wheat

This stamp was issued by the Royal Mail in 1963 in a series named
 FREEDOM FROM HUNGER CAMPAIGN.
I can only suppose the stylized design is of Wheat

Another photo of a woman threshing grain in 1966 on the   Lasithi plateau, Crete, Greece.
Here the buffalo are muzzled  and it looks as if the process is more advanced than the first photo I posted .This time the threshing board , δοκάνι , is visible.
I have named the animals buffalo but really I have no idea. 

Go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 61, July 2010 to read MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN HISTORY: NEW VIEWS by Louisa Jones where Wheat is mentioned
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #681 on: September 15, 2018, 04:46:53 AM »
Hyacinthoides non scripta, Bluebell
Silene dioica, Red Campion
Anemone nemorosa, Wood Anemone.

A stamp issued by the Royal Mail in 1967
There were six stamps in the series all depicting wild flowers of Britain

I have recently posted photos of Bluebells and Wood Anemones. Today I am posting a photo I took in April 2009 when we came across a field of Silene intergripetala in the foothills of Mount Parnon, Peloponnese. The flower was identified for me as Silene intergripetala but now I canít find any reference to   this name   anywhere. So letís just say it is Silene.   
 
You can read about Silene goulimyi in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 50, October 2007
JOHN SIBTHORP, SHIRLEY ATCHLEY AND CONSTANTINE GOULMIS
 by John Rendall
See THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY website for illustrations related to this article
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/50-sibthorp.html
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #682 on: September 15, 2018, 04:51:08 AM »
What a difference one letter makes
It was identified as Silene integripetala, no r after inte
I found the original e mail
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #683 on: September 16, 2018, 05:26:33 AM »
Allium sphaerocephalon

A stamp issued in a four stamp series named WILD FLOWERS by
The Republic of Cyprus,  Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία,  Kibris Cumhuriyeti in 2018.
The stamp was kindly donated by John J for this thread.

I have a photo of what I identified as Allium ampeloprasum, correct me if I am wrong

To read about SPAROZA: DEREKíS GARDEN by Sally Razelou where Allium sphaerocephalon is mentioned in a list of plants growing in the garden go to
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN  number 45, July 2006

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« Reply #684 on: September 16, 2018, 11:34:04 AM »
Hi Hilary,
Allium sphaerocephalon is one of the alliums we can grow here.
These pics are from 2014
cheers
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working as a physio to support my gardening habit!

Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #685 on: September 17, 2018, 05:51:39 AM »
Campanula rapunculoides, Creeping Bellflower

A stamp issued by Czechoslovakia in 1964 in a six stamp series named WILD FLOWERS.

If you want to know more about this highly invasive plant got here.
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?taxonid=359085&isprofile=0&

I donít have a photo of this particular Campanula but I do have a photo I managed to take in the site of Ancient Corinth of a Campanula before the man, employed to do so, tore it out by is roots

Various Campanula are mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but not specifically this one
If you like you can read
 THE FLORA OF OTTOMAN GARDENS ll .
 FLOWERING PLANTS by Nicholas Stavroulakis in issue number 11, Winter 1997/8
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #686 on: September 18, 2018, 06:06:02 AM »
Orchis maculata, now known as Dactylorhiza maculata, Heath spotted-orchid

One of the four stamps issued in 1972 by THE BAILIWICK OF GUERNSEY in a series named WILD FLOWERS.

I donít have a photo of this flower but there are some great photos of it on the Internet.

To read about plant hunting adventures in Northern Greece go to
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 54, October 2008 and read
A VISIT TO EPIRUS, NORTHERN GREECE BY Jorun Tharladsen
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #687 on: September 18, 2018, 06:27:23 AM »
For photos of the trip to Epirus go to this link and scroll down to May 2008

http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/branches-uk-b.html
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #688 on: September 19, 2018, 06:03:50 AM »
Septempunctata coccinella, Seven Spotted Ladybird

A stamp issued by the Royal Mail in 1985 in a 5 stamp series named INSECTS 

The photo shows a Ladybird in Portugal, I donít know if it is seven spotted 

There are plenty of references to Ladybirds in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN for me to choose from. As luck would have it in the three copies I decided   to look at I came across
 LEARNING, NOT DOZING by Gillian Biddle in number 51 January 2008.
Her garden is in the UK which I thought suited the stamp from the UK
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #689 on: Today at 05:29:29 AM »
Tabebuia ipe, LAPACHO NEGRO, Tabebuia ipe var. integra

Yet another stamp issued in 1983 by Argentina

To read about this tree and see some photos go here
https://www.south-florida-plant-guide.com/tabebuia-tree.html

Yes, this tree is even mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Go to issue number 65, July 2011 and read
COLOURS AND CONTRASTS IN ISRAEL by David Wheeler
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