Botanical gardens, once perceived as medicinal gardens for the study and cultivation of plants with healing properties, currently have a key role in plant conservation and education of those who visit them daily, but also in purifying the air in urban areas.
With over 80,000 species of plants, many of them endangered, the goal of botanical gardens is thusly more important worldwide.
Honouring the beauty and rarity of the plants found in the patrimony of four botanical gardens in Romania, Romfilatelia continues the topic flora, appreciated by collectors and the general public, and presents a new philatelic project suggestively entitled Flowers from Botanical Gardens.
The four stamps of the issue take us on a trip through the Romanian botanical gardens, illustrating as follows:
- On the stamp with the face value of lei 1.00 is illustrated Astragalus peterfii Jáv, a plant from the species Milkvetch, endemic to Romania, discovered in 1916 near the Suatu village in the Transylvanian Basin. Having a particular scientific value, given by its uniqueness, age and origin, it is currently found in the ”Alexandru Borza” Botanical Garden of the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj Napoca.
- The stamp with the face value of lei 3.30 reproduces the image of Brandza’s Iris (Iris branzdae Prodan), a plant bearing the name of the doctor and botanist Dimitrie Brandza, and which can be admired at the oldest botanical garden in Romania, the ”Anastasie Fatu” Botanical Garden in Iasi.
- The stamp with the face value of lei 8.10 reproduces the image of the Romanian Peony or Forest Peony (Paeonia peregrina Mill), a plant which beautifies and completes the living patrimony of the Botanical Garden in Galatz.
- The stamp with the face value of lei 9.10 illustrates the Cross Hale (Hepatica transsilvanica Fuss), a plant found in the ”Dimitrie Brandza” Botanical Garden of the University of Bucharest, a garden which celebrates 155 years of activity this year.
The issue is completed by a first day cover and a set of maxicards, and as page composition were used the sheet of 28 stamps and the minisheet of 5 stamps + 1 label.
Starting with Friday, July 3rd, 2015, the postage stamp issue Flowers from Botanical Gardens will be available in all Romfilatelia shops in Bucharest and countrywide.
Romfilatelia thanks the Romanian Botanical Gardens Association, the “Dimitrie Brandza” Botanical Garden of the University of Bucharest, the “Atanasie Fatu” Botanical Garden in Iasi, the “Alexandru Borza” Botanical Garden of the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca and the Botanical Garden of the Natural Sciences Museum Complex Galatz for the documentary support offered in the achievement of this postage stamp issue.
For further information, please contact the Public Relation Office:
Tel: 021 / 337 24 42