Lily is a bulbous plant belonging to the genus Lilium in the family Liliaceae. More than 100 species of lilies are known to grow only in the northern hemisphere. There are 3 species of wild lilies in Romania’s flora: Lilium martagon L., Lilium bulbiferum L. and Lilium jankae A.Kern. Because of their ornamental qualities, horticulturists have produced hundreds of cultivars, modern lilies being the result of intensive hybridisation initiated by Jan de Graaff in 1938.
On the postage stamp with the face value of Lei 2.90 is illustrated the lily – Lilium ‘Apeldoorn’. It is an Asian hybrid with orange flowers, edged with darker orange and with pronounced deeper orange stamens.
On the postage stamp with the face value of lei 3 is depicted the regal lily – Lilium regale E. H.Wilson. Royal lily originates from southwest China and was introduced into cultivation in 1903 by Ernest Wilson. Royal in name and appearance, this lily has a memorable fragrance. In addition to its ornamental value, the plant also has medicinal values, with both bulbs and flowers being used.
On the stamp with the face value of Lei 4.30 lei is illustrated the tiger lily – Lilium lancifolium Thunb. (Lilium tigrinum Ker Gawl.). It originates from Guam, China, Korea and Japan and has been known for 100 years, mostly under the name L. tigrinum.
The last postage stamp with the face value of Lei 11 of the series depicts the wood lily or Turk’s cap lily – Lilium martagon L. The popular name refers to the shape of the flowers, which are said to resemble a turban. It is a Eurasian species of lily native to central and southwestern Europe as far south as Mongolia.
Romfilatelia thanks the specialists of the “Dimitrie Brandza” Botanical Garden of the University of Bucharest for the documentary support provided for the development of this issue of postage stamps.
The philatelic issue will be available starting with Thursday, April 27th, 2023, in Romfilatelia’s shops network in Bucharest, Bacău, Brașov, Cluj-Napoca, Iași and Timișoara and online on https://romfilatelia.ro/store/.
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