Aug 3, 2012

Walking Ferns Minitature Sheet FDC from TAIWAN

FDC Name:Ferns
Issue Date:25th JULY'2012
Having issued its first set of stamps on ferns on November 26, 2009, Chunghwa Post has issued the second set of four stamps and a souvenir sheet. The new set of stamps features “walking ferns,” which spread in an unusual manner: The tips of their fronds characterized by adventitious buds, when the fronds tips touch the ground, the buds grow into new plants. The set features four species: Polystichum lepidocaulon, Bolbitis heteroclita, Adiantum malesianum, and Asplenium prolongatum. The stamps and the souvenir sheet are printed in intaglio combined with offset . The designs follow:

1. Polystichum lepidocaulon (NT$5): It has a short, erect stem and fasciculate fronds. Its laminas are lanceolate and simply pinnate, with pinnae that are falcate. Some of the rachises are prolonged and viviparous at tips. This species of fern grows on slopes in the forest understory.

2. Bolbitis heteroclita (NT$5): Its stem is short and procumbent. Its fronds are simply pinnate with dimorphic: the fertile laminas are thinner and erect, whereas the sterile laminas are more spreading. The pinna grows without a tooth in each sinus. The terminal pinnae are lanceolate, and some of them are elongated and droop downward. The tips of the pinna have adventitious buds. Either lithophytic or terrestrial, the species can be found in humus soil along streambeds in the understory of forests.

3. Adiantum malesianum (NT$10): It has a short, erect stem and fasciculate fronds. Its laminas are linear to narrow lanceolate and simply pinnate. The rachis extends to be whip-shaped tendril and has adventitious bud at tip. The pinnae are fan, obliquely triangular or obliquely oblong shaped with a pair of basal pinnae half-circular or wide fan-shaped. The species grows on slopes or cliffs at the edge of forests.

4. Asplenium prolongatum (NT$25): It has a short, erect stem and fasciculate fronds. Its laminas are narrow and lanceolate and deeply bipinnatifid. A portion of the rachises are prolonged and viviparous at tip. The ultimate pinnule is linear with a singular vein. It grows in shady cliffs or on the trunks of trees in the understory of forests.

The stamps are planned by professor Guo Meng-cheng, curator of National Taiwan University’s herbarium, painted by Chen Yi-ming, and printed by the Central Engraving and Printing Plant. 
Remark:Thanks Chen for sending both the FDC by registered post.The stamps & all the three cancellation are excellent( The local first day cancellation are different for the two FDC)It is very much unfortunate that one stamp was teared off from the FDC by India Post personal.

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