FLORA OF ROMANIA (II) - “Fauna flowers”  SI

FLORA OF ROMANIA (II) - “Fauna flowers”

The postage stamp issue “Flora of Romania II” completes the project achieved by Romfilatelia on an innovative illustrative thematic. The originality of this project consists in joining the image of the flower with the one of the living being, from whose appearance the plant receives its popular name.

The Alpine Forget-me-not (Eritrichium nanum (L.) Schrad. ex Gaudin Boraginaceae family) is illustrated on the postage stamp with the face value of lei 0.50. It is a herbaceous plant with small leaves up to 4.5 mm wide, covered with silky white hairs. Its flowers are blue, rarely white, and have a pleasant smell.

The Love-lies-bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus L. – Amaranthaceae family), an annual plant that can reach a height of 2 m is illustrated on the postage stamp with the face value of lei 0.60. The plant blossoms from July to October. At the beginning, its inflorescences are long and thin and, as the summer passes, they become thick and red. The species originates in South America and, in Romania it is cultivated for ornamental purposes.

The Starflower (Borago officinalis L. – Boraginaceae family), an annual plant having a high, thick, arborescent stalk, covered by hairs, is illustrated on the postage stamp with the face value of lei 1.60. It can reach heights of 30-60 cm. Its leaves have round or little denticulate edges. First, the corolla is star-shaped red, then it turns blue. The starflower is a melliferous plant, originating from the Mediterranean area, cultivated and turned wild in Romania. The plant is used in human and veterinary medicine.

The Silverweed (Potentilla anserina L. – Rosaceae family), a herbaceous plant, 15-50 cm high, is illustrated on the postage stamp with the face value of lei 2.00. Its flowers are yellow. It can be found in plain areas and at altitudes up to 1,300-1,500 m, in moist, often ruderalised meadows, but also on the banks of lakes and rivers. It blossoms from May through August. The plant is used in human and veterinary medicine.

The philatelic document is created into a limited edition of 230 copies and is equipped with the postage stamps of the issue, numbered and cancelled with the “first day” postmark.

The philatelic album is created into a run printing of 800 pcs., equipped with the block of 4 stamps of the issue, numbered in red from 001 to 800, having imprinted in silver foiling the “first day” postmark.

Technical Details

Issue Date: 19.01.2012
Designer: Mihai Vamasescu, Stan Pelteacu
Process: offset
Colours: 4 Colours
Size: 33 x 24 mm
Values: 0.50LEI, 0.60LEI, 1.60LEI, 2LEI