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09 June 2020

Summer Flowers

Israel: Summer Flowers, 9 June 2020. Images from Israel Post.

Sticky Fleabane (Dittrichia viscosa):

Issued on: 2020-06-09
Colors: Multicolor
Printing: Offset lithography
Denomination: 7.40 ₪ (Israeli new shekel)

Dittrichia viscosa, also known as false yellowhead, woody fleabane, sticky fleabane and yellow fleabane, is a flowering plant in the daisy family. It is a highly branching perennial common throughout the Mediterranean Basin. It has long, narrow leaves that are pointed at both ends and have teeth along the edges and glandular hairs on the surfaces. One plant can produce many yellow flower heads each with as many as 16 ray florets and 44 disc florets.

Originally, the species was found mainly in dry riverbeds and abandoned fields up to a 1500 m (5000 feet) elevation. Nowadays it is quite common in roadsides and ruderal habitats, even in urban areas. It is considered an invasive species in Australia. The false yellowhead is a tough plant, very resistant to adverse conditions and degraded environments. It is important as food for the caterpillars of certain butterflies and moths, like Iolana iolas.

Despite the fresh-looking green color of its leaves and its attractive inflorescence, this plant is sticky and has a certain smell that most people find unpleasant. It contains an essential oil and has been used in traditional medicine since ancient times, especially in the Levant, as an astringent.

It is an important plant in Catalan tradition, often mentioned in adages and proverbs. One adage says that: “No vos ‘nemoreu, amor,de cap fadrina gallarda que és com la flor d’olivarda molt guapa, i dolenta d’olor.” [My dear one, don’t fall in love with any woman who only has good looks, she is like a false yellowhead flower: beautiful, but full of stench.

Hairy Willowherb (Epilobium hirsutum):

Issued on: 2020-06-09
Colors: Multicolor
Printing: Offset lithography
Denomination: 8.30 ₪ (Israeli new shekel)

Epilobium hirsutum is a flowering plant belonging to the willowherb genus Epilobium in the family Onagraceae. It is commonly known as the great willowherb, great hairy willowherb or hairy willowherb. Local names include codlins-and-cream, apple-pie and cherry-pie.

It is a tall, perennial plant, reaching up to 2 metres in height. The robust stems are profusely hairy with soft spreading hairs.:160 The hairy leaves are 2–12 cm long and 0.5–3.5 cm wide. They are long and thin and are widest below the middle. They have sharply toothed edges and no stalk. The large flowers have four notched petals. These are purple-pink and are usually 10–16 mm long.[5]:357 The stigma is white and has four lobes. The sepals are green.

Radical Sniper (Capparis zoharyi):

Issued on: 2020-06-09
Colors: Multicolor
Printing: Offset lithography
Denomination: 11.80 ₪ (Israeli new shekel)

Capparis is a flowering plant genus in the family Capparaceae which is included in the Brassicaceae in the unrevised APG II system. These plants are shrubs or lianas and are collectively known as caper shrubs or caperbushes. Capparis species occur over a wide range of habitat in the subtropical and tropical zones.

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