Pitcairn's proximity to the equator is roughly the same as Hawaii and
gives the island a similar sub-tropical climate. Temperatures are constant
between 20 and 30 degrees which give rise to many tropical fruits and
particularly, flowering plants.
The colourful Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia) and heleconias are
standout while the Hibiscus rosa sinensis and the Allamandas are
ever-present. More unusual is the Anthurium andraenum and the Alpinia
purpurata, which all contribute to make this landscape a stunning
tropical feast for the eyes.
The Hibiscus rosa sinensis is a bushy, evergreen shrub or small tree
growing 2.5 – 5M (8 –16 ft) tall and 1.5 – 3M (5 –10 ft) wide, with glossy
leaves and solitary, brilliant red flowers in summer and autumn. The
5-petaled flowers are 10 cm (4 in) in diameter, with prominent orange-tipped
Strelitzia reginae commonly known as Bird of Paradise is very popular
as an ornamental plant and grows to 2M (6.6 ft) tall, with large, strong
leaves. Produced on petioles up to 1 m (39 in) long. The leaves are
evergreen and arranged in two ranks, making a fan-shaped crown. The flowers
stand above the foliage at the tips of long stalks.
The stunning Heliconia rostrata also known as hanging lobster claw
is an herbaceous perennial. This plant has downward-facing flowers and
provide a source of nectar to birds. The plant grows up to 2.5M in height
and flowers in Summer/Autumn. The pendulous flowers can drop to half a metre
Anthurium andraeanum prefers warm, shady and humid climates, and its
most characteristic feature as an ornamental is its brightly coloured spathe
leaf, and the protruding inflorescence called the spadix. Common names for
plants in the Anthurium genus include tail flower, flamingo flower, and lace
leaf. Its name comes from the Greek words anthos, meaning flower, and oura,
meaning a tail, referring to the spadix.
Alpinia purpurata – this spreading plant is commonly known as Red
Ginger because of its showy flowers. The long bright red tract (or modified
leaf) are not the flowers but hold the small white flowers which sit on top.
The plant prefers partial shade and moist humid conditions and thrives in
the Pacific where it is recognised in Samoa as their national flower.
Allamanda blanchetii is known as the Purple Allamanda and is an
evergreen climbing shrub that grows to 1.5 – 3M in height. The attractive
flowers which have a trumpet shape in appearance are 5-6 cm in width and
appear all year in consistently warm climates. The fruit of this plant
appear as spiny seed capsules.
Rachel Walker is renowned for watercolour,
spray paint, pen and ink artworks that draw on her awe of the natural
world. Her drippy, energetic style is both loose in form and precisely
detailed — capturing the attitude and beauty of birds, sea creatures,
reptiles and wild animals. Rachel’s creative work has seen her involved
in a range of projects, including solo gallery exhibitions, commissioned
pieces and painting for film and stage sets. The Colours of Paradise
flower issue for the Pitcairn Islands is Rachel’s first stamp
Colours of Paradise
Please Note: All prices are in New Zealand Dollars
|Mini sheet with 6 stamps
|FDC with stamps only
2018 PREMIER EDITION - This limited
print run of just 200 packs is now available and features the "Colours of
Paradise" issue. Further details of these sought-after colour separations
and progressives can be found here.
|Rachel Walker, Wellington. New Zealand
to you by:
||Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand
||39.97 mm x 36.00 mm horizontal
|Mini Sheet Size:
||140 mm x 95 mm
||6 setenant stamps within one miniature sheet
||3 x $1.00 and 3 x $2.00
||104gsm Tullis Russell Yellow/Green phosphor gummed stamp paper
|Period of Sale:
|18 July 2018 for a period of 2 years