Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Flowers of Aruba - 2011

Aruba Post have issued the stamp set features flowers which are known well in many countries  in year 2011. The issue stamps are depicted many species of flower  i.e: Delonix regia, Cassia fistula, Ipomoea pes-caprae,Allamanda cathartica, Catharanthus roseus, Nerium oleander, Bougainvillea glabra ,Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, Cordia sebestena,  and Echinopsis lageniformis. Some of depicted species are  declared as a national flower of their country.

Delonix regia is a species of flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, subfamily Caesalpinioideae. It is grown as an ornamental tree and in English it is given the name Royal Poinciana or Flamboyant. In addition to its ornamental value, it is also a useful shade tree in tropical conditions, because it usually grows to a modest height but spreads widely, and its dense foliage provides full shade.
The Royal Poinciana is found in Madagascar's Madagascar dry deciduous forests. In the wild it is endangered, but it is widely cultivated elsewhere.The flowers are large, with four spreading scarlet or orange-red petals up to 8 cm long, and a fifth upright petal called the standard, which is slightly larger and spotted with yellow and white.

Cassia fistula, known as the golden shower tree  is a flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, native to southern Asia, from southern Pakistan east through India to Myanmar and south to Sri Lanka.The golden shower tree is the national flower of Thailand; its yellow flowers symbolize Thai royalty. It is also state flower of Kerala in India and of immense importance amongst Malayali population. It is a popular ornamental plant and is an herbal medicine.
Cassia fistula is widely grown as an ornamental plant in tropical and subtropical areas. It blooms in late spring. Flowering is profuse, with trees being covered with yellow flowers, many times with almost no leaf being seen. It will grow well in dry climates. Growth for this tree is best in full sun on well-drained soil; it is relatively drought tolerant and slightly salt tolerant.

Ipomoea pes-caprae, also known as Beach Morning Glory  is a common pan-tropical creeping vine belonging to the family Convolvulaceae. It grows on the upper parts of beaches and endures salted air. It is one of the most common and most widely distributed salt tolerant plants and provides one of the best known examples of oceanic dispersal. Its seeds float and are unaffected by salt water.
This species can be found on the sandy shores of the tropical Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. Goat's Foot is common on the sand dunes of Australia's upper north coast of New South Wales and can also be found along the entire Queensland coastline.
Ipomoea pes-caprae is a primary sand stabilizer being one of the first plants to colonize the dune. It grows on almost all parts of the dune but is usually found on the seaward slopes sending long runners down towards the toe of the dun.

Allamanda cathartica (Golden Trumpet) is an ornamental plant of Allamanda genus in the Apocynaceae family, which is native from Brazil. It is mainly used to treat malaria. Its large flowers are very fragrant. This South American plant is thought to blossom best in full sunshine, and well drained soil.
The golden trumpet is a vine that requires a trellis or a fence to support it. It does not twine, nor does it have tendrils or aerial roots. This vine could also be pruned so that it grows as a shrub. If not pruned, it could rapidly grow to a height of 20 feet.

Catharanthus roseus (Madagascar Periwinkle) is a species of Catharanthus native and endemic to Madagascar. In the wild, it is an endangered plant; the main cause of decline is habitat destruction by slash and burn agriculture.It is also however widely cultivated and is naturalized in subtropical and tropical areas of the world.
It is an evergreen subshrub or herbaceous plant growing to 1 m tall. The leaves are oval to oblong,  glossy green, hairless, with a pale midrib and a short petiole 1–1.8 cm long; they are arranged in opposite pairs. The flowers are white to dark pink with a darker red centre, with a basal tube 2.5-3 cm long and a corolla 2–5 cm diameter with five petal-like lobes. The fruit is a pair of follicles 2–4 cm long and 3 mm broad. 

Nerium oleander is an evergreen shrub or small tree in the dogbane family Apocynaceae, toxic in all its parts.  It is most commonly known as oleander. It is so widely cultivated that no precise region of origin has been identified, though southwest Asia has been suggested. Nerium oleander is planted in many subtropical and tropical areas of the world.
Nerium oleander is native or naturalized to a broad area from Mauritania, Morocco, and Portugal eastward through the Mediterranean region and the Sahara to the Arabian peninsula, southern Asia, and as far East as Yunnan in southern parts of China.
Oleander grows to 2–6 m  tall, with erect stems that splay outward as they mature; first-year stems have a glaucous bloom, while mature stems have a grayish bark. The leaves are in pairs or whorls of three, thick and leathery, dark-green, narrow lanceolate . The flowers grow in clusters at the end of each branch; they are white, pink to red.

Bougainvillea glabra or Paper Flower , is a species of bougainvillea and is the most common species of bougainvillea used for bonsai. It has shiny green, slightly hairy leaves and magenta colored bracts.
Bougainvillea, a native of Brazil is an evergreen, climbing woody vine. Tiny white flowers usually appear in clusters surrounded by colorful papery bracts, hence the name paper flower. Single and double flower forms are available. The woody trunk tends to be twisted and the thin stem have sharp thorns and dark green leaves.
Bougainvilleas can be easily grown as a hedge, an arch or a tree on the ground and in pots. Bougainvilleas available in a variety of species, is ideal for bonsai. Bougainvillea may be grown from root cuttings and branch cuttings. Cuttings can propagate plants easily. Bougainvillea does best in dry conditions. They need full sunlight, warm weather and well drained soil to flower well. 

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, known  as the Chinese hibiscus and shoe flower, is an evergreen flowering shrub native to East Asia. Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is the national flower of Malaysia, as declared by their government on 28 July 1960.
It is widely grown as an ornamental plant throughout the tropics and subtropics. The flowers are large, generally red in the original varieties, and firm, but generally lack any scent. Numerous varieties, cultivars, and hybrids are available, with flower colors ranging from white through yellow and orange to scarlet and shades of pink, with both single and double sets of petals. 

Cordia sebestena is a species of flowering plant in the borage family, Boraginaceae. It is native to the American tropics, from southern Florida in the United States and The Bahamas southwards throughout Central America and the Greater Antilles.
Cordia sebestena is widely planted throughout the tropics and subtropics as an Ornamental plant in gardens because of its flowers. It has dark green, oval shaped leaves, and grows oval shaped fruits that are edible, but not flavorful. Cordia sebestena tolerates drought but not frost. 

Echinopsis lageniformis or  Bolivian Torch cactus, is a fast-growing columnar cactus from the high deserts of Bolivia. This plant is one of  the indigenous populations of Bolivia.
The plant is a light green color and usually has 4 to 8 ribs. It can grow 2–5 m tall with stems of up to 15–20 cm in diameter. Spines can range in coloration from honey-colored to brown, and are located on the nodes in groups of up to 4. These spines can grow up to 6–7 cm in length and in fully grown plants are spaced evenly on the ribs, 2.5 to 3 cm apart.
As with related species, it seems to have long shamanic tradition of use throughout its native habitat. Outside of its native habitat, it is one of the least known and used of the Trichocereus cacti for either its psychoactive or ornamental uses.

1 comment:

shehbaz michael said...

these flowers creates a deep attraction in my heart. I want to ask that are those are the Flowers of Pakistan, if not then where do you found them?

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