Orchids (Orchidaceae) - Souvenir sheet 2010

Orchids (Orchidaceae) - Souvenir sheet 2010
Added by Alain Martineau
General Description : Souvenir sheet of 4 stamps.
Gum Type: P.V.A.
Photography: DAZimmerman, Martin Fletcher, Jeremy Martin, John E. Newfeld, Anthony Saint-James (GettyImages)
OFDC Cancellation Location: Flowers Cove, Newfoundland
Elegant, luxurious, and laced with sensuous aromas, orchids (Orchidaceae) have been a subject of worldwide fascination for centuries. They symbolized virility to the ancient Greeks, were called “the plant of the King’s fragrance” by the Chinese, and were even used in love potions during the Middle Ages. But don’t be misled by their beauty and grace; orchids can be deceiving. They depend on pollinators to produce seeds, and often lure them in through sexual deceit (imitating the scent of the pollinator’s mate), and mimicry (emulating the blooms of other pollen-rich flowers). In fact, through their peculiar knack for seduction, these flowers have multiplied and diversified into the biggest flowering plant family on Earth. More than 60 species of orchids can be found scattered across the Canadian landscape, from Newfoundland and Labrador’s sheltered earth pockets to the moist soil near British Columbia’s hot springs.
The Striped Coralroot (Corallorhiza striata), named for its heaps of coral-like roots and distinctive red striping, comes to life on the domestic PERMANENT™ stamp. The vibrant leafy stems and flaring petals of the Giant Helleborine (Epipactis gigantea) are in full bloom on the U.S. stamp. The charming rose-pink blossom of the Rose Pogonia (Pogonia ophioglossoides), which emits the sweet scent of fresh raspberries, is captured on the international stamp. And the upright clusters of the showy magenta flowers of the Grass Pink (Calopogon tuberosus), which grace wet bog lands in mid summer, are featured on the oversize denomination stamp.
The stamps, available in coil, booklet, and souvenir sheet format.
Face value $0.57 - $1,00 - $1,22 - $1,70
Catalog code (Michel) CA BL121
Catalog code (Scott) CA 2356
Catalog code Canada post Product #: 401346145; Yvert et Tellier CA BF123 Stanley Gibbons CA MS2652 WADP Numbering System - WNS CA021MS.10
Series Canadian flowers
Stamp colour multicolor
Stamp use Souvenir Sheet
Print run 220,000
Issue date 01/11/2010
Designer Monique Dufour, Sophie Lafortune
Paper type Tullis Russell
Print technique LIthography in 5 colours
Printed by Lowe-Martin
Perforation 13+
Height 83.00 mm
Width 141.00 mm
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