Beautiful trees, Bee and the rest of you! I`ve started a collection myself and am hoping (one day) to do an exhibit on them. They won`t for the most part be sorted by species, etc.; more along the lines of the life cycle of one, some of the things that can be done to and with them, by whether we use their leaves, bark, fruit, seeds and, if I can find any like that, their parasites (i.e. mushrooms & fungi that grow on them) etc. etc. Also trees that are associated with various animals (koala), birds, insects, etc. Folklore about various trees. Please don`t ask me to post any photos right now - I just spent a good half hour trying to get a decent picture of ONE Slania engraving! I finally had to tape it to my monitor screen and take a not-really-close-up pic! Well, that`s a tree, so this thread can have a copy of THAT one!
Collecting Australia, New Zealand, Channel Islands, Canada, U.S., St-Pierre et Miquelon, Faroe Islands Topical - Seahorses, Paleophilately, Machins (limited), kingfishers, trees, horoscope & zodiac, O`Higgins (Chile), Lake Baikal.
.MALAYA - PERAK STATE - 1950 - SULTAN YUSSUF IZUDDIN SHAH - COCONUT PALM TREE
The coconut palm (Cocos nucifera), is a member of the family Arecaceae (palm family). It is the only accepted species in the genus Cocos. The term coconut can refer to the entire coconut palm, the seed, or the fruit, which, botanically, is a drupe, not a nut. The spelling cocoanut is an archaic form of the word. The term is derived from 16th-century Portuguese and Spanish coco, meaning "head" or "skull", from the three indentations on the coconut shell that resemble facial features.
Found throughout the tropic and subtropic area, the coconut is known for its great versatility as seen in the many uses of its different parts. Coconuts are part of the daily diets of many people. Coconuts are different from any other fruits because they contain a large quantity of "water" and when immature they are known as tender-nuts or jelly-nuts and may be harvested for drinking. When mature, they still contain some water and can be used as seednuts or processed to give oil from the kernel, charcoal from the hard shell and coir from the fibrous husk.
The endosperm is initially in its nuclear phase suspended within the coconut water. As development continues, cellular layers of endosperm deposit along the walls of the coconut, becoming the edible coconut "flesh". When dried, the coconut flesh is called copra. The oil and milk derived from it are commonly used in cooking and frying; coconut oil is also widely used in soaps and cosmetics. The clear liquid coconut water within is a refreshing drink. The husks and leaves can be used as material to make a variety of products for furnishing and decorating. It also has cultural and religious significance in many societies that use it.
The Coconut palm has significant economic value. People use all parts of this tree. It is the magic “tree of life” and “the tree of thousand uses”. And in some countries it is the basis for human survival. The tree can provide everything that people need in life to survive. Coconut palms are grown widely throughout the tropical and the subtropical parts of our planet. It is a part of the family Arecaceae. It is a plant of many uses. This tree is extensively cultivated for many purposes.
The thorn tree of Africa are probably the most characteristic and well-known trees on the continent. The name Acacia is derived from the Greek Acantha, meaning thorn, although some members of the group, such as the Australian Wattles, have no thorns at all.
Post by BasSWarwick on Oct 6, 2016 16:26:08 GMT -5
RSA 1989 - The Bushveld from a painting. 40c
Jacobus Hendrik (Henk) Pierneef (usually referred to as Pierneef) (13 August 1886 – 4 October 1957) Pretoria, was a South African landscape artist, generally considered to be one of the best of the old South African masters. His distinctive style is widely recognized and his work was greatly influenced by the South African landscape.
Most of his landscapes were of the South African highveld, which provided a lifelong source of inspiration for him. Pierneef's style was to reduce and simplify the landscape to geometric structures, using flat planes, lines and colour to present the harmony and order in nature. This resulted in formalized, ordered and often-monumental view of the South African landscape, uninhabited and with dramatic light and colour.
RSA produced a set of 4 Maxi-cards in 1989 featuring his art - cancelled 3rd August 1989
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