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Faroe Islands Postal Services 2011 Issue
Designed by Astrid Andreasen

Mountain Flowers

The Faroe Islands Postal Service has issued two new stamps that have postage values of 14kr and 20kr named "Mountain Flowers" on the 26th of April 2011. These new stamps depict two different flowers that grow in the Faroe Islands. The left stamp shown above depicts the Red campion and the right stamp above depicts the Wood Cranesbill. Both flowers are indigenous Faroese plants and were brought to the islands by the wind, ocean currents or birds and not by human activity. A brief description of each plant is listed below:

  • Red campion - can grow up to a meter in height and produces its flowers in July. It has two kinds of hairy leaves. The upper leaves are pointed and without stalks while the lower leaves have long, winged stalks and are oval-shaped. The red and occasionally white petals are large and the flower has a central ring of flaps. The fruit is an ovoid capsule that opens up at the apex with ten teeth which curve back.
  • Wood Cranesbill - this plant grows on low-lying land and is never found growing on heights greater than 300 meters. It flowers in June and July and can grow up to 50 cm in height. It has a vertical stalk with long hairs at the top and short hairs at the bottom. The leaves are very large and divided into fine leaflets. The flowers are typically blue and sometimes red with five petals and an almost white center. The flower and seed pod are divided into five single fruits.

"Mountain Flowers" stamps can be purchased as a set of 2, or FDC's. The size of the stamps is 40mm x 28.5mm. They will be printed by Cartor Security, France using the offset printing process.


To order these stamps or to learn more go to http://www.stamps.fo/ Use the Universal currency conversion tool at www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi to convert currency.

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