Saturday, February 26, 2011

Fauna & Flora from Indonesia

The POS Indonesia issued on November 5, 2010 a lovely set of 11 postage stamps, with each stamp depicting an animal and a plant from Indonesia.  Five out of the eleven stamps are represented here:

1/11 - Nias Myna & Ylang-ylang
The Nias Myna (Gracula religiosa robusta), with its mainly purple-glossed black plumage, is a member of the starling family and is an endemic resident of Nias and other nearby islands off western Sumatra.

Cananga odorata, commonly known as Ylang-ylang, is a tree valued for its perfume.  The essential oil derived from its flowers is widely used in aromatherapy.

2/11 - Sumatran Tiger & Sealing Wax Palm
The Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae), is the smallest of all surviving tiger subspecies.  It is found on the island of Sumatra and in 1998, 400-500 specimens were believed to exist.

The Sealing Wax Palm (Cyrtostachys renda) is a medium-sized palm with red bright stalks.  It is often grown in tropical regions for its pretty red colour and is native to the swampy areas of peninsular Malaysia and the island of Sumatra.

3/11 - Sun Bear & Corpse Flower
The Helarctos malayanus is a subspecies of the Sun Bear (Ursus malayanus).  It is endemic to the island of Borneo.

The Corpse Flower (Amorphophallus titanum) is a flowerinf plant with the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world.  It is called 'Corpse flower' due to its odour, which is reminiscent of a decomposing mammal.

4/11 - Belitung Island Tarsier & Nagasari Tree
The Belitung Island Tarsier (Tarsius bancanus saltator) ia and endangered subspecies of tarsiers.  It is found only on Belitung Island and its known populations are severely fragmented due to extensive deforestation.

The Palaquium rostratum, also known as Nagasari Tree, is a tropical tree native to Southeast Asia.  Its timber is used for furniture and panelling and its fruits are edible and the seeds are used to extract fat for cooking.

11/11 - Rusa Deer & Diospyros macrophylla
The Rusa deer (Cervus timorensis) are antive to the islands of Java and are easily recognised by their large ears.  if you get close to a free ranging Rusa deer ans spook it, it will let out an extremely loud honk: this a form of alarm.

The Diospyros macrophylla is a mid-canopy tree with yellow-cream flowers.  The wood is locally used for making sticks and knife handles.

Thank you very much Irene for this colourful cover from Malang! (=

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