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04 June 2002
8/2002
Definitive Issue

Nature of Australia Desert

Australia
Nature of Australia, the series The desert habitat was introduced in August 2001 with the Desert Birds issue. This is the fourth issue in the Nature of Australia definitive series. The first issue in the series was released in 1996. Rather than using general illustrations of broad environmental categories, Australia Post

Desert star flower (Calytrix carinata)  

Desert star flower (Calytrix carinata)

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With its spectacular pink or purple flowers this shrub grows up to three metres high and flowers from March to October. It is found on red sand or gravelly rust-coloured clay.

Bilby (Macrotis lagotis)  

Bilby (Macrotis lagotis)

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A member of the bandicoot family, the bilby has long ears, soft blue-grey fur and a pointed snout. Once found throughout arid and semi-arid Australia, it is now confined to northern deserts and is a threatened species.

Thorny devil (Moloch horridus)  

Thorny devil (Moloch horridus)

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The Great Sandy Desert has more reptile species than any other desert in the world and the thorny devil is one of the more spectacular reptiles found there. Despite its appearance the thorny devil is harmless. It grows to about 20 cm in length and lives entirely on a diet of black ants.

Great Sandy Desert  

Great Sandy Desert

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The designer has used the powerful red earth and blue sky to evoke the intensity and atmosphere of the Great Sandy Desert

Technical Information

Issue date ..........................4 June 2002
Denominations....................One each 50c, $1.00, $1.50, $2.00
Designer ............................Wayne Rankin, Swish Group
Printer ................................McPhersons
Paper ................................Tullis Russell
Stamp size..........................30 x 25 mm
..........................................50 x 30 mm ($2.00 stamp)
Perforations ........................14 0 x 14.4,
..........................................14.4 x 14.0 ($2.00 stamp)
Printing process ................Lithography
Sheet layout........................Modules of 50, no gutter
National postmark ..............Fitzroy Crossing WA 6765
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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