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Orchids

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Vietnamese orchids originated from wild orchids. They are distributed in many places throughout the country. Orchids are among families with the largest quantity of branches in the botanical system in our country. They are precious gene available not to be developed. Orchids are classified into 2 groups: orchid _ ground- orchid. The orchid often plant as bonsai and are fond of by many people nowadays.

In order to introduce some orchids in Vietnam, Department General of Posts _ Telecommunications (DGPT), issues the stampset "Shoe-shaped Orchids", consisting of 2 values.

- The 1st: Aple shoe-shaped orchid (Paphiopedilum Appletonianum (gower) Rolfe) - face value: 400 d

This species is distributed on the mountains: Ngoc Linh (Kon tum Province), Bi Dup (Lam Dong Province), Hon Giao (Khanh Hoa Province). They are scattered on the wooden-trees (mainly "po mu") in the jungle at 1600 - 2200 metres in height.

- The 2nd: Helen shoe-shaped orchid (Paphiopedilum Helenac Aver.) - face value: 6,000 d.

Vietnam is the first country in the world where this species has been discovered. They are rare and grow on vertical limestone crags at 800-900 metres in height in the forestry _ mountainous region of Cao bang province. These are bonsai with highly aesthetic value. Particularly, they are used to be cross - bred to the other small beautiful ones.

Date of issue

Designer

Stamp size

Sheet composition

Perforation

FDC

FDC size

Printer

Printing process

Colour

Paper

18.05.1998

Hoang Thuy Lieu (COTEVINA)

37 x 27 (mm)

30 stamps

13

1 cover

166 x 105 (mm)

Postal Stamp Printing Enterprise (in Ho Chi Minh City) 

offset

multi-coloured

standard paper (both gummed and ungummed)

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