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Native Tree Flowers

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There are more than 250,000 species of flowering plants in the world. New Zealand has just a tiny fraction of that number - a little over 2,200 – 600 of which grow in our native forests.

Issue information

Once considered dull and lacking in colour, our flowering trees are now enjoying a strong upsurge in interest. More and more New Zealanders are coming to realise that we are indeed blessed with some of the most outstanding native tree flowers in the world.

Limited Edition

A miniature sheet was produced for inclusion in the Native Tree Flowers limited edition collectors pack. Each sheet was individually numbered from one through to 2,000.

Product Listing for Native Tree Flowers

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 40c 'Kōtukutuku (Fuchsia excorticata)' gummed stamp.

Kōtukutuku (Fuchsia excorticata) is the largest fuchsia in the world. It stands up to 14 metres high; it is common throughout New Zealand from sea level up to 1,060 metres. The flowers are 20-30mm long and hang downwards. They are green with purple streaks, when pollinated, and turn red with age.

Single Stamp

Single 80c 'Poroporo (Solanum laciniatum)' gummed stamp.

Poroporo (Solanum laciniatum) is a shining, soft-wooded, openly branched tree with purplish stems and leaf veins that grow to around 3 metres high. It is fairly common in scrub and lowland forest margins from near Auckland throughout the country to near Dunedin. The flowers are dark blue-purple and appear from September to April.

Single Stamp

Single $1.00 'Kōwhai (Sophora tetraptera)' gummed stamp.

The flower of the kōwhai (Sophora tetraptera) is yellow to golden yellow, about 5cm long and is filled with nectar, a favourite food of many native birds. The kōwhai was originally found growing wild alongside streams and lowland forest margins from East Cape to the Ruahine Mountains. It is now one of New Zealand’s most common native trees.

Single Stamp

Single $1.20 'Weeping broom (Carmichaelia stevensonii)' gummed stamp.

The weeping broom (Carmichaelia stevensonii) is a distinctive, leafless tree that is only found naturally in parts of eastern Marlborough. It differs from other brooms in that its delicate, pale lavender to lilac flowers are clustered together in large bunches. These flowers are produced in great profusion on older trees, normally every second year, from November to January.

Single Stamp

Single $1.50 'Tētēaweka (Olearia angustifolia)' gummed stamp.

The tētēaweka (Olearia angustifolia) or tree daisy is part of the largest family of flowering plants in the world. It grows up to 6 metres high along coastal areas of Southland and Foveaux Strait and on the coastal headlands of Stewart Island. The tree’s most notable feature is a solitary large and scented flower head up to 5cm across.

Single Stamp

Single $1.80 'Southern rātā (Metrosideros umbellata)' gummed stamp.

The southern rātā’s (Metrosideros umbellata) profusion of brilliant crimson and blood-red flowers make it one of New Zealand’s most brilliant flowering trees. It is principally a South Island tree, seen at its best in Fiordland and in the Chaslands district of Otago, though it is found in parts of the North Island.

First Day Cover First day cover with stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $7.20
Presentation Pack Presentation pack containing a selection of stamp products from the issue and further information on the theme of the stamps. $8.50
Limited Edition Limited edition collectable containing exclusive stamp products not available anywhere else. $135.00

Technical information

Date of issue: 
13 January 1999
Number of stamps: Six
Denominations and designs: 40c Kōtukutuku (Fuchsia excorticata), 80c Poroporo (Solanum laciniatum), $1.00 Kōwhai (Sophora tetraptera), $1.20 Weeping broom (Carmichaelia stevensonii), $1.50 Tētēaweka (Olearia angustifolia), $1.80 Southern rātā (Metrosideros umbellata)
Stamps and first day cover designed by: Sue Wickison, Wellington, New Zealand; Miniature Sheet Designer: Stamps Business, New Zealand Post
Printer: Southern Colour Print, New Zealand
Stamp size: 25mm x 50mm
Miniature sheet size: 112mm x 90mm
Sheet size: 100 stamps per sheet
Process: Lithography
Perforation gauge: 14
Paper type: 103 gsm red phosphor coated
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 13 January 2000.