Birds of Cyprus

The Common Chaffinch, the European Greenfinch and the European Goldfinch belong to the family Fringillidae. Their special characteristic is the big conical beak used for crushing and peeling seeds, which are their basic food. They nest in Cyprus and they can be found on our island all year round.

Date of Release: 27 September 2018

Christmas

Two stamps issues have been released on the Christmas.Τhe icon of the Birth of Christ is found on the temple of the church of Panagia Odigitria, in Galata.

It was hagiographed in 1930 by the monk and later abbot of the Holy Church of Stavrovouni, Dionysios, who came from Galata. There is a strong Russian influence in the hagiography of the icon.

Christmas is children’s favorite time. Having their most festive smile on, they either sing carols to friends and relatives or they play in the snow. The €0,34 and €0,64 stamps depict exactly this joy of the children for the most magical and special season of the year.

Date of Release: 8 November 2018

Wild Flowers of Cyprus

Cyprus’s geography and environment are the main reasons why the island has such a rich variety of flora. Today there are 142 endemic species and subspecies, some of which are spread widely around the island and others that grow only in the Troodos mountain range, Pentadaktylos and the Akamas peninsula. Some are very rare and under threat. The Cyprus Post has issued a series of four stamps representing endemic flora.

Crocus hartmannianus

An endemic, perennial herbaceous plant with corm, it is found in sparse pine forestsat an altitude of 650-1100m. It blooms in January–February and grows sporadically in the Troodos and Pentadaktylos mountain ranges.

Carlina pygmaea

An endemic, perennial, prickly herbaceous plant that usually grows in brushwood, dry meadows and rocky hillsides. It is widespread from sea-level up to an altitude of 1100m. It blooms in June–October.
Centaurea akamantis Endemic subshrub confined only to the Akamas peninsula. It is a very rare plant and cannot easily be seen because it is found in high rock crevices. On the positive side, it blooms for a large part of the year, from April to November.

Tulipa cypria

An endemic, perennial bulbous herb, it thrives in cereal fields, pastures and open maquis at altitudes up to 300 m. It is restricted to the Akamas Peninsula, the wider are of Myrtou village, between Mammari and Deneia and Karpasia peninsula near Agios Simeon. It blooms from March to April.

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