I am participating in the April AtoZ Blogging challenge and my theme is Plants featured on Indian Stamps. This is my eight attempt at the AtoZ.
My theme is inspired by an online talk by Daniel L Nikrent of Cornell University, USA held by Maharashtra Vriksha Samvardhini about Parasitic Flowering Plants featured on Stamps.
I am not a stamp collector nor a fan of stamps. Hence almost all my posts are purely based on research on the internet. I have tried to cross check the info before posting here. Please do share correct info and links to the same in case of discrepancy.
India Post has a very strong network reaching deep deep into the interiors of the country and I depended on it for news from home when we were posted in far away places. In this age of smartphones, Internet, how many of us really write letters – snail mail as they are now called? Despite this , I find that new stamps are being issued and we have stamps on diverse topics including Armed Forces, Films, Personalities, Wildlife, Handlooms, Handicrafts, Food and so on.. It is amazing!
Without much ado, lets begin.
Arisaema nepenthoides belongs to the Araceae family and grows from tubers. Its flower or Inflorescence is a Spathe that looks like the hood of a cobra. This species grows at 2000-3000m altitude in eastern part of the Himalayan range. It blooms from April -June.
Other Arisaema varieties grow elsewhere in the country so you may have seen a variety of this plant.
Here is an image of the stamp
India Post has issued a Commemorative stamp under the Theme Flowers -Plants (Flora) of denomination 5 INR.
Yet another beautiful stamp is of Anacardium occidentale which is Cashew of the Anacardiaceae family.
Here is an image of Cashew flowers from my collection
The India Postage Stamps website has a complete catalogue of stamps. Please click the link to see many many wonderful stamps.
Colnect is a comprehensive portal for Stamp collectors. It gives detailed information about every listed stamp. Click here for detailed info about Stamps – what is a stamp, types, formats, water marks, perforations and much more.
Do visit tomorrow for some more beautiful plants on stamps.
Till then, Take Care and Stay Happy!