Tree leaves: Birch
Nature is undoubtedly one of the most important values in the Principality of Andorra, which is why it has been reproduced regularly in the philatelic emissions of the Principality. To these emissions, a new Fulles d’Arbre series is added this year, which will show the leaves of the main arboreal varieties of Andorran flora.
The first stamp of the series is dedicated to the birch leaf (Bedoll), whose emission incorporates a die with the characteristic shape of the leaf. The birch, tree or shrub, deciduous tree that inhabits the cold or temperate regions of the northern hemisphere, is spread practically in all the continents of the world; In much of Europe and Asia, North America and North Africa. In the Iberian Peninsula we can find it in the north, from the eastern end of the Pyrenees to Galicia, as well as in the mountains of the northern half of the peninsula.
Its name comes from the Latin Betula that in turn takes the term of the Celtic word Betu. The betula genus comprises about thirty species, the most common being the common birch or Betula Pendula, which reaches 25 meters in height, has a generically thin trunk with a dark and smooth bark until three or four years of age for later Take its characteristic silver-white color. The leaves are small, rhomboidal in shape, usually have lobes and are dentate.
The bark of the tree and the leaves are also appreciated in the pharmacopoeia for its medicinal properties.The geographical extension of the species and its use in the numerous cultures with which it has cohabited have made the birch part of the mythology of several cultures, conceiving it as the axis of the world or associating it with the underworld, such as the Celts, who Conferred on him a funerary character similar to the Christian cypress.
Issue Date: 16.06.2017 Process: Offset + Troquel Size: 40.9 x 28.8 mm Values: 1.35€
Maria Assumpta d’Areny Plandolit
Born in Barcelona on 15 September 1860 and died in Ripoll on 17 August 1982, Maria Assumpta was the daughter of Don Guillem of Areny-Plandolit and Carolina de Plandolit i Pelatí. The family was among the most notable of Andorra at the time, with great economic power, based on breeding then on other activities like trade and the iron and steel industry. Some characters of his family also played an important political role in Andorra.
In the year 2000 the Andorran historian and writer Joan Peruga made Maria Assumpta the main character of her novel “L’Últim Estiu a Ordino” (“The Last Summer in Ordino”), based on the letters she sent to her Brother Joaquim.This historical novel mixes reality and fiction and is situated in one of the most turbulent moments in the history of the family of Areny-Plandolit and marks the beginning of the family decay and disputes between the children of the two wives of Baron Guillem d ‘Areny-Plandoli to share the family fortune.
The family occupied a house on the main street of Ordino, now home to the Areny-Plandolit Museum. The painted portraits of the members of the family decorate the walls, among them the portrait of Maria Assumpta of Areny-Plandolit, whose adaptation in engels illustrates the stampNew in Barcelona on 15 September 1860 and died in Ripoll 17 August 1982 , Maria Assumpta was the daughter of Don Guillem of Areny-Plandolit and of Carolina de Plandolit i Pelatí. The family was among the most notable of Andorra at the time, with great economic power, based on breeding then on other activities like trade and the iron and steel industry. Some characters of his family also played an important political role in Andorra.
Issue Date: 22.06.2017 Designer: Stephanie Ghinea Process: Taille Douce : 40.85 x 30 mm Values: 1.10€