Monday, December 13, 2010

Beautiful Flower of New Zealand

New Zealand Post has been issued a beautiful miniature sheet that featured flowers like Camellia, Siberian Iris, Daffodil,Chrysanthemum, Sweet Pea, and Petunia.


Camellia, 40c,

Camellia, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Theaceae. Camelia flowers are usually large and conspicuous, one to 12 cm in diameter, with five to nine petals in naturally occurring species of camellias. The colors of the flowers vary from white through pink colors to red, but yellow flowers are found in just a few species of camellias. They are native to eastern and southern Asia, from the Himalaya east to Korea and Indonesia. There are 100–250 described species, with some controversy over the exact number.

Siberian Iris, 80c,

Siberian Iris or Iris sibirica, is a flowering plant in the genus Iris, native to northern Asia and eastern and central Europe and widely grown in gardens in temperate regions around the world.It is a herbaceous perennial plant growing to 50-120 cm tall. The leaves are glaucous green, narrow and fairly rigid, blade-shaped, 40-80 cm long and 2-4 cm broad. The flowers are typical of an iris, each flower 4-7 cm diameter, mid- to purple-blue, often with a paler whitish or yellowish centre.It is the parent plant of many hybrids, used because of its attractive foliage and ability to flourish in a wide range of climates; the hybrids vary widely in flower colour.

Daffodil, 90c,

Daffodil is the common name of the Narcissus (genus) of flowering plant for a genus of mainly hardy, mostly spring-flowering, bulbs in the Amaryllis family native to Europe, North Africa, and Asia.The range of forms in cultivation has been heavily modified and extended, with new variations available from specialists almost every year.All Narcissus species have a central trumpet-, bowl-, or disc-shaped corona surrounded by a ring of six floral leaves called the perianth which is united into a tube at the forward edge of the 3-locular ovary. The seeds are black, round and swollen with hard coat. The three outer segments are sepals, and the three inner segments are petals.All Narcissus varieties contain the alkaloid poison lycorine, mostly in the bulb but also in the leaves.

Chrysanthemum, $1.30,

Chrysanthemum are herbaceous perennial plants growing to 50–150 cm tall, with deeply lobed leaves with large flower heads that are generally white, yellow or pink in the wild and are the preferred diet of larvae of certain lepidoptera species.The name Chrysanthemum is derived from the Greek, chrysos (gold) and anthos (flower).Chrysanthemums, often called mums or chrysanths, are of the genus (Chrysanthemum) in the family Asteraceae. This flower is native to Asia and northeastern Europe constituting approximately 30 species of perennial flowering plants.

Sweet Pea, $ 1.50,

Sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus) is a flowering plant in the genus Lathyrus in the family Fabaceae (legumes). It is an annual climbing plant, growing to a height of 1–2 meters (nearly six feet and six inches), where suitable support is available.It is native to the eastern Mediterranean region from Sicily east to Crete.The leaves are pinnate with two leaflets and a terminal tendril, which twines around supporting plants and structures helping the sweet pea to climb. The flowers are purple, 2-3.5 centimeters broad, in the wild plant, larger and very variable in colour in the many cultivars.

Petunia, $ 2.00,

Petunia is a widely-cultivated genus of flowering plants of South American origin.Most of the varieties seen in gardens are hybrids (Petunia × hybrida).A wide range of flower colours, sizes, and plant architectures are available in both the hybrid and open-pollinated species

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