Pterospermum acerifolium

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!

Pterospermum acerifolium or Muchkunda of the Sterculiaceae family is a handsome native tree that is valued for timber and is also grown in parks and on roadsides. It has large stipulate leaves typically peltate and night blooming flowers are fragrant. Here is flower image from my collection.

The species rightly finds a place on our stamps. India Post released a commemorative stamp on this species in 2009 with denomination of 5 INR. 

Post of India, GODL-India, via Wikimedia Commons

Potatoes are an important part of diet across the world. A lot of research must be going on into improving its crop, quality of tubers etc. India Post has issued a stamp on 50 years of potato research in 1985. 

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! 

Stay Healthy! Stay Happy!

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