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Wild Orchids of Taiwan Postage Stamps (Continued)

As an introduction to the beauty of orchids, and following on the issue of a wild orchid stamp on November 16, 2017, Chunghwa Post is issuing a set of three stamps featuring the Calanthe puberula (NT$8), Calanthe sieboldii (NT$15) and Bulbophyllum pectinatum (NT$28). So as to facilitate customers’ use, two self-adhesive stamps with the denominations of NT$8 and NT$28 respectively will be issued additionally. These will be released on January 26, 2018. The stamps are as follows:
1.Calanthe puberula (NT$8): This orchid grows on the ground and is widespread in the mid to high-altitude mountains of Taiwan. It is one of the smaller kinds of Calanthe orchid found in Taiwan. The flowers, 2 cm across, are white with a splash of mauve turning to purple. The orchid is named from the way its petals and calyx curve back.
2.Calanthe sieboldii (NT$15): This orchid grows on the ground and is widespread in the low to mid-altitude mountains of northern Taiwan. It is one of the larger kinds of Calanthe orchid found in Taiwan. Its flowers, 3-4 cm across, are bright yellow with the fragrance of lemon: quite worth admiring.
3.Bulbophyllum pectinatum (NT$28): This species is parasitic. Its flowers are 4 cm across, light green in the shape of a cup with a linear pattern on the petals and truly worth admiring. The orchid is widespread in the low to mid-altitude mountains of Taiwan.
This set of stamps is planned by Associate Researcher Shih-wen Chung at
Taiwan Forestry Research Institute, painted by ecology painter Mr. Chi-jen Lai, and printed by La Poste (France) in color offset. By-issues including a first-day cover, folders with and without crystal mounts, and a loose-leaf album page will be released along with the stamps and will go on sale on January 24, 2018. A pre-canceled FDC with a NT$8-denominated stamp or a full set of stamps will go on sale on January 26, 2018, the stamps’ date of issuance.
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