Australia Post celebrates Australian succulent plants with a new stamp issue out in post offices across the country from Tuesday 20 June.

Australia Post Philatelic Manager, Michael Zsolt said, "Many Australians have a passion for the great outdoors and for gardening. We believe these stamps will pique the interest of nature-lovers and gardeners alike, providing a window onto some of our amazing native succulent species".

Succulents occur through most regions in Australia and the term "succulence" or "succulent" refers to a plant's capacity for holding water. Besides water-storing capacity, two criteria for determining this group are a plant's ability to withstand long periods of dry without severe leaf loss and the ability to not only survive but continue to grow with minimal food, water and care, making them a popular choice of plant for gardens and courtyards.

The four domestic base-rate ($1) stamps were designed by Melbourne-based Janet Boschen Design and feature the following species:

  • Portulaca cyclophylla is found throughout central Western Australia. This species of the Portulaca genus is unusual in having large, showy blooms of up to 3.5 centimetres in diameter, with an extended central stigma.
  • Tecticornia verrucosa is found in north, central and south-western central Western Australia; western Northern Territory; and north-western South Australia. This unusually formed plant is blue-green and fleshy; the stems turn a purplish-pink as the plant matures and develop a thin interior woody core.
  • Calandrinia creethae is found in central Western Australia and is commonly known as Jelly Beans, named for the clusters of smooth, globular succulent leaves that comprise this plant. Traditionally, species in the Calandrinia genus have been important to Aboriginal people, who gathered its seeds to ground into meal.
  • Gunniopsis quadrifida is distributed in south-western Western Australia; southern Northern Territory; northern South Australia; south-western Queensland; and north-western New South Wales. This perennial low-growing shrub has rounded linear, greenish leaves and its fleshy flowers open up, with four leaf-like outer "petals" and white to cream centres.

The products associated with this stamp issue are a first day cover, stamp pack, set of four maxicards, four gutter strips of 10 x $1 stamps with design, roll of 100 x $1 self-adhesive stamps and a booklet of 10 x $1 self-adhesive stamps.

The Australian Succulents stamp issue is available from participating Post Offices, via mail order on 1800 331 794 and online at auspost.com.au/stamps from 20 June 2017 while stocks last.

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