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05 April 2005
3/2005
Commemorative Issue

Greek Flora

Greece
Given the country's area, the Greek flora, which includes approximately 5500-6200 known species and subspecies, is the wealthiest among European countries, with the exception of the Iberian Peninsula. This wealth of flora, forming an integral part of our heritage, is owed to geohistorical causes and events. Thus, the Greek flora currently includes a great number and wide variety of economically interesting plants which, for study purposes, could be divided into endemic, edible, seasoning, textile, forest, ornamental, apicultural, pastural, floricultural, toxic, scientifically and biologically interesting plants, pigmenting, aromatic and medicinal plants. It is possible that a plant may come under two or three categories at the same time.

The stamp illustrations depict some of the numerous interesting plant species of Greece.

A novelty in printing was applied by the addition of fragrance on the stamp of €0,49.

Text: George P. Sarlis, Associate Professor
Source: Hellenic Post

Gladiolus Illyricus (Wild Gladiolus)  

Gladiolus Illyricus (Wild Gladiolus)

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Usually a crops weed. Many varieties are cultivated as ornamental plants.

Crocus Sieberi (Crocus)  

Crocus Sieberi (Crocus)

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An ornamental species with edible bulb. It grows in the mountainous vegetation zone of Greece.

Narcissus Tazetta (Narcissus)  

Narcissus Tazetta (Narcissus)

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Self-sown and cultivated, multiform species, common in Greek flora.

Rhododendron Luteum (Rhododendron)  

Rhododendron Luteum (Rhododendron)

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A species of Anatolia and Caucasus which grows on Lesvos island.

Tulipa Boeotica (Tulip)  

Tulipa Boeotica (Tulip)

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An ornamental species growing in arid and cultivated lands in Sterea Ellada and Peloponnesus.

Technical Information

Dimensions: 38mm x 30mm in sheets of 25
Design & Adaptation: Myrsini Vardopoulou
Printing Method: Multicolored (Offset)
Printers: Alex. Matsoukis S.A.
Circulation: 1 year or until sold out
Quantities:
€0,20: 3000000
€0,40: 3000000
€0,49: 5000000
€1,40: 3000000
€3,00: 300000
FDCs:
€6,80: 40000
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