Sunday, October 31, 2010

GUINEA / Guinea

1000fr: this lovely stamp shows a typical rural African scene, of women carrying bundles of fuelwood, a 1996 issue.

IVORY COAST / Cote d'Ivoire

30 fr: The Akee (Blighia sapida) is from the soapberry family and is pictured on a 2000 Flora issue. This species is found throughout W. Africa and is notable for its very fragrant flower. Related to the lychee, it grows a pear-shaped reddish fruit with black seeds.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

IVORY COAST / Cote d'Ivoire

100fr: endangered flora, issued in 2005. This stamp shows the Okoubaka, a medicinal plant that is allelopathic (causes the death of plants growing nearby) and is used by traditional healers to ward off spirits; 400fr: Napoleonaea, issued 2000, showing a species known from riverine forest, growing to heights of up to 50 feet.

IVORY COAST / Cote d'Ivoire

30fr: Modern transport is pictured on this 2005 issue, in myriad forms. At lower right is a water taxi.

Friday, October 29, 2010


100fr Commercially important fish species: Merou and Mulet are featured on this 1999 issue

Sunday, October 24, 2010

ETHIOPIA / Ethiopie

50c: Dracaena steudneri, from a 1993 Flora and trees issue. Also known as the northern large-leafed Dragon tree, the Dracaena is a species known from higher altitudes (above 1500m) and inhabits the margins of forested areas and thickets

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

ERITREA / Eritree

Nf 1: This 2001 issue commemorates 10th Anniv. of Eritrean Independence, celebrated on May 24


6000c: Flag and Fans of the Black Stars of Ghana Team, from the 2006 World Cup (Germany) issue


30 fr: This issue commemorates 25 years of Sino-Djibouti Relations and shows the "People's Palace" and statue


90gp This issue features the Young Farmers Program of the Agricultural Development Bank (50th Anniv.)


125fr: This 1996 issue shows children's art, with colorful, fanciful elements such as a giraffe


500fr: This 2008 issue commemorates 80 years of petroleum production, the main revenue source for Gabon (monopolized by Total Gabon).

Monday, October 18, 2010


225fr Coat of Arms of the town of Mitzic, shown in a 1997 issue

Thursday, October 14, 2010


150: 75th Anniv. of Egypt Post, issued in 2007

Thursday, October 7, 2010


500fr: Megistostegium spp. 100fr: the Xyloolaena genus has five species of flowering shrubs, all are endemic to Madagascar; both stamps are from a 2003 flora issue


50 eurocents: Women in bright costume grace the Wadaha Festival on this 2004 issue from this overseas French territory

NAMIBIA / Namibie

Postcard rate: this 2004 issue shows an Apis honeybee, at work on an aloe flower


515 fr: Borassus or Fan Palm, a tropical species pictured on a 1984 trees issue

Saturday, October 2, 2010


Mt 33,000: This 2005 stamp commemorates 30 years of Sino-Mozambican diplomatic relations. It has been fascinating to observe the expansion of Chinese interests across all parts of Africa in recent decades, in a range of areas from mining, infrastructure development, timber and other resources.


N20: The Cross River Gorilla is the most restricted and critically endangered of the gorilla subspecies found in Central Africa. A tiny remnant population is found in the forested Cross River National Park, in extreme E. Nigeria.

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