Tuesday, March 15, 2016

New Caledonia 2016
New Caledonia’s Endemic Palm Trees and Conifers

ISSUE DATE: 15 March 2016
STAMP SIZE:31 x 52 mm
STAMP DESIGN: Jean-Paul Véret-Lemarinier

The stamp features five species representing most of the island’s natural land habitats: the Lifou Palm (Cyphophoenix nucele), the Comboui Pine (Callitris sulcata), the Tao Pine (Clinosperma macrocarpa), the Column Pine (Araucaria luxurians) and the White Kauri (Agathis moorei).

Did you know that New Caledonia boasts 45 conifer species, of which 42 are endemic, and 39 palm species, of which an astonishing 38 are endemic, but that most of these species are critically endangered?  The main threats they face are bush fires, mining operations, illegal logging and the proliferation of invasive animal species, all of which lead to habitat loss and prevent the regeneration of these magnificent trees. Moreover, the extremely limited distribution of some species, such as the Lifou Palm, the Tao Palm and the Comboui Pine, makes them even more susceptible to threats.

Stamp images and description thanks to
Calédoscope - OPT Nouvelle-Calédonie

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