Sunday, March 18, 2012

Orchids of Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein Post  issued the orchid stamp set on the first of June 2004. The issue comprised of 3 postage stamps feature Bee Orchid, Burnt Orchid, and Violet Helleborine.

Bee Orchid
The Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera) is an herbaceous perennial plant belonging to the family Orchidaceae.The Bee Orchid grows to a height of 15–50 centimetres .This hardy orchid develops small rosettes of leaves in autumn. They slowly continue to grow during winter.The plant blooms from mid-April to July producing a spike composed from one to twelve flowers. The flowers have large sepals, with a central green rib and their color varies from white to pink, while petals are short, pubescent, yellow to greenish.


Burnt Orchid
The Burnt Orchid (Neotinea ustulata) is a European terrestrial orchid, most common in the mountains. It flowers between April and August depending on the altitude.Neotinea ustulata is now the accepted name. It was previously described as Orchis ustulata.

Violet Helleborine
Epipactis purpurata (Violet Helleborine) is a beautiful pink-suffused orchid and is a rare variety (Var. rosea) containing no cholorphyll. The flowers are more commonly bright green with pinkish lips. The Violet Helleborine is the violet tint of the leaves and stems which gives this orchid its common name.
Growing to around 40 cm typically, the Violet Helleborine can sometimes be as much as one metre in height. It grows in shaded woodlands (especially Beech) and sometimes in conifer plantations. It likes deep, slightly moist soils.

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