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Definitive Flowers Additional Values - Set

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  • 20.02.2006
  • Stephen Perera
  • Stephen Perera (from photos by L. Linares)
  • BDT International, Ireland
  • Offset Lithography
  • 4 Colours
  • 30 x 40mm
  • 3p, 15p, 53p, £1.60
About Definitive Flowers Additional Values

Gibraltar rest harrow (Ononis natrix subsp. ramosissima var. ramosissima)
This is a much branched, woody based, shrubby perennial, which forms rounded, clumps up to 80cm across. The yellow flowers have the typical shape of the pea family to which it belongs, and are around 1.5cm across. This variety of the species is endemic to Gibraltar. The plants grow on coastal sands, and so can be found in large numbers on the East Side sand slopes.

Gibraltar campion (Silene tomentosa)
This is a woody-based perennial, with stems ranging from 15 to 70cm tall. The pale violet flowers are around 2cm across, and are arranged in an open panicle at the end of the stems. The leaves are densely covered in short, soft hairs. This species is endemic to Gibraltar, and is very rare. It had been believed extinct until it was rediscovered in 1994.

Paper-white narcissus (Narcissus - papyraceus subsp. papyraceus)
This species grows from bulbs 3 to 5cm across. The scented, pure white flowers are around 3cm across, and grow in clusters at the ends of stems 30 to 50cm tall. Popularly known in Gibraltar as “meaitas de zorra”, (literally “fox’s pee”), they grow in their thousands all over the Rock from late October to January. Many consider these as Gibraltar’s very own Christmas flowers.

Sea daffodil (Pancratium maritimum)
This species can be seen growing on sandy beaches and sandy soil almost down to the high tide mark. The scented white flowers can be up to 10 cm across, and can be seen from July to September. In Gibraltar these plants are not common, and can be seen along the East Side sand slopes, at Western Beach and in North Front Cemetery.

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