SingPost launches stamps featuring Singapore’s native gingers
SingPost’s Singapore Native Gingers stamp set
Issuance Date: 24 July 2018
SINGAPORE, 24 July 2018 –Singapore Post Limited (SingPost) will launch today a new set of stamps showcasing ginger plants that are native to Singapore.
The stamp set features illustrations by botanical artist Waiwai Hove of four ginger species that are found in Singapore’s primary forests: Zingiber singapurense (1st Local), Cheilocostus globosus (70 cents), Phrynium hirtum (90 cents) and Conamomum xanthophlebium ($1.30).
The stamps will be presented today at the opening ceremony of the 8th International Zingiberales Symposium at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Hosted by the National Parks Board, the five-day gathering of over 100 botanists from 21 countries is the only international event focused on research of the ginger order (Zingiberales). A public exhibition titled Zingiberales – Beauty in Diversity is also being organised, showcasing all things ginger, such as its place in human culture and society as a spice, in medicine and in art. The exhibition is held in the CDL Green Gallery at the Singapore Botanic Gardens and will run till 4 November 2018.
Singapore is home to at least 26 ginger species, many of which are rare or endangered. In 2014, Zingiber singapurense was described as a new species to science and is one of the very few plant species known to exist only in Singapore. Conamomum xanthophlebium is a critically endangered species, while Cheilocostus globosus, previously presumed to be extinct here, was rediscovered in 2012 and has since been successfully propagated. Phrynium hirtum, previously thought to exist only in Singapore’s neighbouring countries, was found in here for the first time in 2017.
The National Parks Board has, over the past decade, been actively engaging in the conservation of these plants to ensure that they will be sustained for generations to come.
Pre-cancelled First Day Covers affixed with the complete set of stamps are available at $4.70 each. The stamps will go on sale from 24 July 2018 at all post offices, the Philatelic Store and the Singapore Philatelic Museum. They may also be purchased online at shop.singpost.com.
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