( Philatelic Division ) Manila Central Post Office, Liwasang Bonifacio , Ermita, Manila-Philippines
Pitcher plants scientifically known as Nepenthes are one of the most spectacular plant species on earth. The centre of diversity of Nepenthes is in Borneo island having 36 species followed by Sumatra .
Nepenthes sanguinea and Nepenthes macfarlanei
But not to be outdone, the Philippines comes close with almost 30 species of pitcher plant. There were some pitcher plants recently discovered and described by local and international taxonomists over the past few years . I was able to buy a set ( 4 piece) pitcher plant stamps and FDC from a Malaysian dealer during the 1996 ASEANPEX stamp exhibition . I have started growing local pitcher plants since in high school buying them in weekend markets or in garden shows.
Nepenthes rajah and Nepenthes lowii
There are movements among local philatelists to lobby for the pitcher plants to be featured on stamps . The proposal would lie in dormant for more than a decade until some stamp collectors from Mindanao wrote several letters address to the Philatelic and Postage Department Chief in 2008 and then again in 2011 .
Philippine pitcher plant on sheetlet Php 10.00 x 16 pieces ( Nepenthes attenboroughii, Nepenthes truncata , Nepenthes burkei , Nepenthes peltata) with 107, 000
I even gave some posters of Philippine pitcher plants ( featured by Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society Inc.) to some stamp advisory committee members in 2009 . Unfortunately, one of them told me that it was inundated by “Ondoy” flooding . I would still wait for a couple of years in 2012 when i was able to buy a pitcher plant book of Dr. Victor B. Amoroso during a book launching held at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife . I had to attend a ( closed door session ) with the stamp advisory committee meeting just to point out the importance of the pitcher plants to Philippine flora diversity and their saleability . Coinciding an auspicious date which was set based on a double digit number, the postal canceller was made with 03-13-13 dater.
Philippine pitcher plant souvenir sheet Php 40 pesos with 5 pitcher plants ( Nepenthes mira, Nepenthes mantalingajanensis , Nepenthes sibuyanensis, Nepenthes mindanaoensis and Nepenthes merrilliana)
Philippine Pitcher Plant First Day Cover with a set of 4 stamp designs and Nepenthes alata ( cache design)
Philippine Pitcher Plant First Day Cover with Nepenthes ventricosa ( cache design ) and souvenir stamp
In many parts of the world, coinciding an auspicious date for stamp issuance or release had been met with great marketing success and media mileage .
Note: No technical details were given by the Philatelic Section Chief of the Philippine Postal Corporation
References and Websites:
Golamco Jr. Andres, Nepenthes page 38 to 42 , Flora Filipina 2012 -Philippine Horticultural primer and directory
McPherson, S.R. and V.B. Amoroso 2011. Field Guide to the Pitcher Plants of the Philippines. Redfern Natural History
McPherson, S., J. Cervancia, C. Lee, M. Jaunzems, A. Fleischmann, F. Mey, E. Gironella & A. Robinson 2010. Nepenthes palawanensis (Nepenthaceae), a new pitcher plant species from Sultan Peak, Palawan Island, Philippines. In: S.R. McPherson Carnivorous Plants and their Habitats. Volume 2.
Pitcher Plant.com : http://pitcher-plants.com/
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