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Small Round-Leaved Orchid, Amerorchis rotundifolia

Orchids of Canada

Title

Small Round-Leaved Orchid, Amerorchis rotundifolia

Denomination

46¢

Date of Issue

April 27, 1999

Year

Quantity

4,050,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Orchids of Canada

Series Time Span

1999

Perforation or Dimension

13 x 12.5

Printer

Ashton-Potter Canada Limited.

Creators

Designed by Marlene Wou.

Layouts

Booklet Pane of 12 Stamps

Quantity Produced - 1,250,000
Original Price: $5.52
Perforation: 13+
Printing Process: Lithography
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: General, four sides
Paper: Tullis Russell Coatings

Souvenir Sheet of 4 Stamps

Quantity Produced - 300,000
Original Price: $1.84
Perforation: 13+
Printing Process: Lithography
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: General, four sides
Paper: Tullis Russell Coatings

Official First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Perforation: 13+
Printing Process: Lithography
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: General, four sides
Paper: Tullis Russell Coatings

About Stamp

This spring, from April 27 to May 2, Canada will host its first-ever World Orchid Conference at Vancouver's. Trade and Convention Centre. Occurring every three years since 1954, the WOC brings together thousands of orchid hobbyists, growers and scientists. This year's theme is conservation-protecting the genetic diversity of flora and fauna in a sustainable environment.

Canada Post will celebrate this floral forum with a unique set of Orchid stamp issues. The second-largest family of flowering plants, orchids are found in a wide range of habitats around the world. All of Canada's orchids are terrestrial-that is, they grow on the ground. Prized for their spectacular flowers, orchids are collected and hybridized by growers internationally.

Four wild Canadian orchids with varying colours and bloom formations are featured in this floral stamp set. Two stamps feature the expressive style of Chinese brush painting contributed by Poon-Kuen Chow; the others showcase the more detailed brush-painting technique of Yukman Lai.

This orchid plant, Amerorchis rotundifolia, grows up to 25 cm tall with a single egg-shaped leaf near the base of the flowering stem. It thrives in moist coniferous forests and swamps, and bears pink flowers from late spring to August in northern climates.

Creating a delightful contrast, the four-stamp set, available in a booklet format, presents four wild Canadian orchids using two different modes of Chinese brush painting - the "expressive" and the "detailed".

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Reference

Canada Post Corporation, Canada's Stamp Details, Vol. 8, No. 2, 1999, p. 22-24.

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