Rare Flowers Series II
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The Rhododendron series of stamps features the rare
species of flowering plants that are found on the slopes of Mount
Kinabalu, Sabah. There are 35 species of Rhododendrons found in
Sabah and 25 or these species can be seen on the slopes of Mount
Kinabalu. Some 12 species of Rhododendrons are unique for they can
only be found in Sabah.
Rhododendrons belong to the Ericacae family and are
characterized by their large leaves, and large terminal flower
clusters. The flowers are shaped like bells, with colors ranging
from white, pink, purple to red. However, the flowers cannot
withstand direct and intense sunlight, which would bleach the color
of the flowers. Rhododendrons need sandy soil with partial shade to
Some Rhododendrons grow as shrubs while others grow
as trees up to four meters in height. These flowering plants are
popularly used as borders or decorative items as part of the
landscape, and also as specimen plants.
This species has the largest individual flowers of
any Bornean Rhododendron. The flowers are rich gold or apricot in
color. The enormous broad green leaves distinguish, this species,
and it grows in partially shaded moist soul at altitudes between
2700 meters and 3650 meters. At the upper end of the altitude, the
size of the plants are much smaller. This species does not thrive as
potted plants, and does not produce any flower in cultivation.
The Rhododendron nervulosum has long, narrow and
flat leaves with scales. It also has an abundant of small veins. The
species grows as shrubs with smooth branches, ending with one or two
flowering umbels. It is usually found at altitudes between 2500
meters and 3000 meters.
Rhododendron stenophyllum has very narrow, dark
green leaves with sparse scales. Its flowers range from orange to
red and are waxy in appearance. it grows at altitudes from 2700
meters to 2800 meters, and has two different sub-species that
cultivates at different altitudes. The species can only be found in
Mount Kinabalu, and its flowers throughout the year, especially from
February to June.
It can grow from a small shrub into a small tree up
to 4 meters high, with branches that are round and covered with
scales when young.
Rhododendron rugosum is easily distinguished by its
pink, hairy flowers and coarsely weaned. Wrinkled leaves with brown
scales. It grows in the altitudinal range of 2000 meters to 3500
meters. The species cultivates well but rarely flowers. It grows in
shrubs or small trees up to 8 meters. The twigs are covered by dense
brown scales that rub off easily.
This species is highly distinctive with its covering
of white hair. It produces flowers throughout the year, but the main
flowering season is March and April. Rhododendron stapfianum grows
in shrubs up to 1 meter height. The twigs are rounded and green in
color with white hair and brown scales.
|Date of Issue
||11 January 2005
||30 sen (2 designs), 50 sen, RM1
||30mm X 40mm
||100mm X 70mm
|Stamp Size in
||40mm X 30mm