Third set of the Maltese Flora series was issued on 22nd January 2016.The set includes three stamps each bearing a face value of €0.26, €0.59 and €1.16 and respectively depict the Branched Asphodel (Maltese: Berwieq), the Common Pyramidal Orchid (Maltese: Orkida Piramidali) and the Maltese Spider Orchid (Maltese: Brimba Sewda ta’ Malta) which are species found in the Maltese Islands.
The Branched Asphodel is a very common plant which grows in garrigues and rocky grasslands and flowers mainly from January till April.
The Common Pyramidal Orchid is the commonest orchid in the Maltese Islands and is found mainly in garrigues and rocky pastures. It flowers in late April and in May.
The Maltese Spider Orchid is a scarce orchid of garrigues, scrublands and dry rocky pastures and flowers mainly during March and April.
Photographer Guido Bonett captured the flowers featured on the stamps.