Meconopsis aculeata

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!

Meconopsis aculeata commonly called the Blue Poppy belongs to the Papaveraceae family. Sighting these blooms is among the rewards of Himalayan treks mainly the Valley of Flowers. It grows at altitudes of 3000-5000m on alpine meadows and moraine. I plan to do this trek only to see this wonderful flower. 

The Blue Poppy stamp is part of Himalayan Flowers stamps issued in 1982 of denomination 35nP

Post of India, GODL-India, via Wikimedia Commons

Mangoes are said to be the King of Fruits. We are entering the mango season in India and my post will be incomplete if I do not share this stamp with mangoes of denomination 50np.

Post of India, GODL-India, via Wikimedia Commons

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.  

You can catch up with my previous posts here. We meet tomorrow for yet another beautiful plant and its stamp! 

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