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
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
the Dartford Warbler, Sylvia undata. England.
sessiliflora. Transkei of South Africa. From Namibstamps.com.
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
Dahomey, French Sudan, Mauritania, Niger and Upper Volta. Stamps
pulchra. Transkei of South Africa. From Namibstamps.com.
- Harveya speciosa. Transkei of South Africa.
genistae on Cytisus scoparius ssp maritimus
with Bombus lucorum. England.
asiatica. Saudi Arabia, 1990.
elegans. Lesotho, 1985.
hermonthica (as S. senegalensis). Burkina
(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 in 1986.
album. Baliwick of Guernsey, 1978. England.
album. Switzerland, 1974.
album. Switzerland, 1997.