The Jakarta Post
A picture of an Indonesian orchid. The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) is set to launch a special anggrek (orchid) postage stamp series that features various orchids from Indonesia's 34 provinces. (Shutterstock/File)
The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) is set to publish a special anggrek (orchid) postage stamp series that features various orchids from Indonesia's 34 provinces.
"The Anggrek stamp is part of LIPI's efforts to promote the richness of Indonesian orchids," said Didik Widyatmoko, the head of the Botanical Garden Plant Conservation Center in Bogor, West Java, on Thursday.
The series is to be launched during the peak of the Bogor Botanical Garden's 200th anniversary on May 18.
"LIPI's conservation efforts over Indonesian orchids include searching for new species, increasing the number of seeds, exploring their benefits and reintroducing them into their original habitat," added Didik as quoted by Antara news agency.
The Bogor Botanical Gardens, as the oldest botanical gardens in Southeast Asia, are said to have the most complete collection of orchids in Indonesia in its orchid house and laboratory. "The place hosts about 500 species from a total of 5,000 species of orchids found in the Malesia region."
Among the anggrek to be depicted on the postage stamps is the Coelogyne marythae, an orchid that was found during an exploration of Katingan, Central Kalimantan, in 2013 by researchers from the Bogor Botanical Gardens. (vod/kes)