Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hidden Beauties of Larch Flower

Service des Postes de Saint Pierre et Miquelon launched  one stamp features the hidden beauty of  Flower on February 9, 2011. This stamp depicts Larch flower with face value of  1.05 Euro.
Larches are conifers in the genus Larix, in the family Pinaceae. Growing from 20 to 45 m tall, they are native to much of the cooler temperate northern hemisphere, on lowlands in the north and high on mountains further south. Larch are among the dominant plants in the immense boreal forests of Russia and Canada.

Larch cones are erect, small, 1–9 cm long, green or purple, ripening brown 5–8 months after pollination; in about half the species the bract scales are long and visible, and in the others, short and hidden between the seed scales. Those native to northern regions have small cones (1–3 cm) with short bracts, with more southerly species tending to have longer cones (3–9 cm), often with exerted bracts, with the longest cones and bracts produced by the southernmost species, in the Himalayas.
(Photo and Sources: Adopted from Wikipedia).

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