Belarus Issued Stamps on Invasive Plants

\"belarusRepublic of Belarus will issue stamps “Canadian Goldenrod” and “Sosnowski Hogweed” from the series “Invasive plants of Belarus.” On 25th July 2014.The designer of s stamp issue is Artist Alexander Mityanin. In sheets there are five stamps and one coupon. Sheet size is 110×110 mm. Circulation of 50 thousand marksFace grade “A” corresponds to the rate for sending a simple letter weighing up to 20 gram within Belarus.Face brand «N» corresponds to the tariff of a simple non-priority mail cards.

Invasive plants are introduced species that can thrive in areas beyond their natural range of dispersal. These plants are characteristically adaptable, aggressive, and have a high reproductive capacity. The most prominent representatives of the invasive plant species widely distributed on the territory of Belarus, are Canadian goldenrod and parsnip Sosnowski.

Canadian goldenrod is an allergenic plant. Canada goldenrod is a perennial distinguished by numerous small yellow flowers located in pyramid-shaped clusters at the top of individual, unbranched, leafy stems.  This species spreading in the meadow and riparian ecosystems violates the structure of crops, which leads to oppression and even complete displacement of native plants.

Parsnip Sosnowski – very large (up to 3 meters) plant, in contact with skin causes burns. In Belarus grows on field edges and roadsides, almost completely displacing the usual places because of its vegetation.

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