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25 March 2003
5/2003
Commemorative Issue

Blooms - Australian Cultivars

Australia
Cultivar... a cultivated variety developed by selectively breeding in order to enhance or minimise traits common to other members of its species.

Australians have long been enthusiastic gardeners. Early settlers introduced plants popular in Europe, such as roses and camellias, to remind them of

  The ethereal

 

 

  In the 1970s Dr Mervyn Turner, Melbourne, developed the Bush Gem range of kangaroo paw from the Anigozanthos species. The plants in this range were hardy, disease-resistant and able to grow in all but the most hot and humid parts of Australia.

  Australian gardeners were creating hybrid rhododendrons as early as the 1860s. The beautiful rhododendron

Technical Information

Issue date ..........................25 March 2003
Denominations....................Five x 50c
Photographer......................Simon Griffiths
Designer ............................Beth McKinlay, Australia Post
Design Studio
Stamp size..........................26 x 37.5 mm
Sheetlet size ......................156 x 101 mm
Printer (all) ..........................SNP Sprint
Paper (gummed) ................Tullis Russell
Perforations ........................14.6 x 13.86
Paper (self-adhesive)
Rolls ............................JAC B90
Booklets ......................JAC B100
Printing process ..................Lithography
Sheet layout........................Sheetlet of ten
National postmark ..............Flowerpot TAS 7163
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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