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16 February 2017
1/2017
Commemorative Issue

Wild Flowers of Cyprus

Cyprus
Cyprus's geography and environment are the main reasons why the island has such a rich variety of flora. Today there are 142 endemic species and subspecies, some of which are spread widely around the island and others that grow only in the Troodos mountain range, Pentadaktylos and the Akamas peninsula. Some are very rare and under threat. The Cyprus Post has issued a series of four stamps representing endemic flora.

Text: Department of Forests
Source: Stamp and Philatelic Service, Cyprus Post

Crocus hartmannianus  

Crocus hartmannianus

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An endemic, perennial herbaceous plant with corm, it is found in sparse pine forests at an altitude of 650-1100m. It blooms in January-February and grows sporadically in the Troodos and Pentadaktylos mountain ranges.

Carlina pygmaea  

Carlina pygmaea

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An endemic, perennial, prickly herbaceous plant that usually grows in brushwood, dry meadows and rocky hillsides. It is widespread from sea-level up to an altitude of 1100m. It blooms in June-October.

Centaurea akamantis  

Centaurea akamantis

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Endemic subshrub confined only to the Akamas peninsula, it is a very rare plant and cannot easily be seen because it is found in high rock crevices. On the positive side, it blooms for a large part of the year, from April to November.

Tulipa cypria  

Tulipa cypria

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An endemic, perennial bulbous herb, it thrives in cereal fields, pastures and open maquis at altitudes up to 300 m. It is restricted to the Akamas Peninsula, the wider area of Myrtou village, between Mammari and Deneia and Karpasia peninsula near Agios Simeon. It blooms from March to April.

Cancellation Stamps

Technical Information

Design-Artwork: Melani Efstathiadou, Lefkosia
Printing method: Litho-Offset on unwatermarked paper
Printer: Veridos Matsoukis S.A., Greece
Size of stamps: 30mm x 40mm
Quantities:
€0,34: 190.000
€0,41: 110.000
€0,64: 165.000
€1,00: 440.000
Sheet layout: Sheets of 8 stamps
FDCs: €2,86: 6.000
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