Continuing the legacy of the acclaimed herb plants postage stamps in 2013 and 2014, the Post issues another set of four stamps, featuring herbs of culinary and medicinal purposes. The designs follow:
1. Allium schoenoprasum (NT$3.5): It is a perennial plant of the family Amaryllidaceae, with a scaly bulb. The tubular leaves are long, slender, and hollow. The pink flowers have six petals, and they are densely clustered in a globular inflorescence.
2. Borago officinalis (NT$5): It is an annual herb of the family Boraginaceae, and thickly covered in white, prickly fuzz. The scapes are hollow, the leaves are oval, with conspicuous veins. The star-shaped flowers have five petals. The flowers are purplish red when they first bloom; but as they blossom, they begin to turn royal-blue. White-flowered varieties are also available.
3. Tropaeolum majus (NT$12): It is an annual herb of the family Tropaeolaceae. The leaves are circular, and the petioles are attached to the middle of the leaves. The chaliced flowers have five petals, and appear in yellow, red, and orange of various shades.
4. Chamaemelum nobile (NT$25): It is a perennial herb of the family Asteraceae. The leaves are alternate, pinnate, and finely divided. The flowers are composite inflorescence, with yellow discs and creamy white ray florets all around.
Also released with the stamps is a pictorial. The exquisitely-designed pictorial contains all three issues of twelve herb plants postage stamps. The contents will be divided into three sections: "Fragrances are the Breaths of Herbs", "An Afternoon Tea of Sensory Treats" and "Aspirations in the Spice Kitchen" based on the features and applications of these herb plants. In keeping with the motifs, the pictorial also provides relevant pictures and introductions.
(1) First Day Cover: NT$2 apiece
(2) Folder (with or without mount): NT$5apiece
(3) Loose-leaf album page: NT$8 apiece
(4)Pre-cancelled FDC affixed with one NT$3.5-denominated stamp:
(5) Pre-cancelled FDC affixed with a complete set of stamps:
(6) Stamp pictorial: NT$500 a copy
To purchase the relative philatelic products, please go directly to the post office branches, or order on line at http://stamp.post.gov.tw