Stamps with Parasitic Plants
It seems that parasitic plants have, upon several ocassions, been chosen
as subjects for postage stamps. Several of the stamps shown below were all
found on the Herbier Philatélique
(Philatelic Herbarium) web site maintained by Pierre Guertin. Visit that
site to see stamps with images of many diverse plants!
If you are aware of other parasitic plants on stamps, please forward the
information to me (nickrent at plant.siu.edu).
epithymum on Ulex europaeus
with the Dartford Warbler, Sylvia undata. England.
triandra. This name is considered a synonym of K.
lappacea. Federated States of Micronesia.
sessiliflora. Transkei of South Africa. From Namibstamps.com.
linariifolia. Wyoming (its state flower) with the
Western Meadowlark There seems to be some controvery about adopting a
parasitic plant for the state flower of Wyoming! In 1917 Dr. Aven
Nelson objected to the paintbrush in the Wyoming School Journal. His
problems? There are too many kinds of paintbrush and only an expert
can tell them apart. Also, who would want to plant a parasitic plant
in a garden?!
sp. Indian Paintbrush. USA.
sp. With Rufous Hummingbird. USA.
phelypaea. Saudi Arabia, 1990.
sp. "French West Africa," a former French administrative unit
comprising the African colonies of Senegal, French Guinea, Ivory
Coast, Dahomey, French Sudan, Mauritania, Niger and Upper Volta.
Stamps issued 1943-1959.
pulchra. Transkei of South Africa. From Namibstamps.com.
- Harveya speciosa. Transkei of South Africa. From
genistae on Cytisus scoparius ssp maritimus
with Bombus lucorum. England.
- Ramphicarpa montana.
asiatica. Saudi Arabia, 1990.
elegans. Lesotho, 1985.
hermonthica (as S. senegalensis). Burkina
Faso (as Republique de Haute-Volta)
leucarpum (as P. flavescens). Oklahoma, USA
with a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - the state flower and state bird,
respectively. Although mistletoe is the state flower, this was not
without controversy! As if mistletoe is not a flower, they adopted the
Indian Blanket (Gaillardia pulchella) as the state wildflower
album. Baliwick of Guernsey, 1978. England.
album. Switzerland, 1974.
album. Switzerland, 1997.