The 17th World Orchid Conference, held from 24 Apr to 2 May 2002, provides an avenue for established experts, scientists and well-known orchid growers to share their knowledge and expertise in the science of orchids.
In conjunction with this event, Pos Malaysia issued a series of stamps on orchids. The following species are being featured in this stamp issue :
Paraphalaenopsis labukensis - Also known as rat-tailed orchid, it is one of the four species found in Mount Kinabalu. This species is best grown in hanging baskets or mounted, and usually requires full sunlight and intermediate to warm temperatures.
Renanthera bella - Commonly known as the Beautiful Renanthera, this species is found growing on tree trunks in Sabah. It is best grown hanged in baskets or mounted, and requires full sunlight and warm temperatures. If hung, the roots must be watered frequently.
Paphiopedilum sanderianum - Commonly known as Sander's Paphiopedilum, this species is found growing on limestone rock in shade with roots in mossy cracks and on trees with roots and moss detritus. This orchid should be grown in areas with moderate light and intermediate to warm temperatures.
Coelogyne pandurata - Also known as the Black Orchid, this species is usually grown in baskets. Flower grows from warm to intermediate temperatures in partial shade.
Phalaenopsis amabilis - Commonly known as Moon Orchid or the Lovely Phalaenopsis, this flower is one of Indonesia's national flower. This species is found on tree trunks hanging bogs in the rainforest of Northern Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and New Britain.
Date of Issue : 24 Apr 2002
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 2 x 30 sen, 50 sen and 2 x RM1
Stamp Size : 30mm x 40mm
Paper : Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography
A LIL' NOTE
Besides Indonesia, other countries with orchid as their national flower include :
1. Belize - The Black Orchid, Prosthechea cochleate
2. Colombia - The Christmas Orchid, Cattleya trianae
3. Honduras - The Rhyncholaelia Orchid, Orquídea brassavola
4. Panama - The Holy Ghost Orchid, Peristeria elata
5. Singapore - The Singapore Orchid, Vanda Miss Joaquim
6. Venezuela - The Easter Orchid, Cattleya mossiae