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Juniper Berry and Crowberry stamps from the Faroe Islands

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The Faroese Post begins this fall with the issue of stamps depicting Juniper berry and Crowberry presenting a few woody plants of the more than 400 species of plants that make up the wild flowers of the Faroe Islands.

The juniper is a low-growing, evergreen shrub. Its needles measure approximately 1 cm and have a light, grey-green color. Juniper is normally a dioecious species, which means that it has separate male and female plants. The male flower is yellow and oblong with an abundance of stamens. The female flower is greenish in color, making it difficult to see. The fruit consists of so-called berry cones that take two to three years to mature. The berry cones are green in the first year, and mature in the second and third year to a deep blue color.

Crowberry is a genus of dwarf shrub that is commonly found in the Faroe Islands. Two subspecies of crowberry grow in the Faroe Islands: common crowberry (Empetrum nigrum subs. nigrum) and mountain crowberry (Empetrum nigrum subs. hermaphroditum). Mountain crowberry is found on all the islands, while the common crowberry only grows on the island of Streymoy and the southern islands. In Scandinavia, common crowberry only grows in Finland, Denmark and Southern Sweden, while mountain crowberry grows in Finland and the greater part of Sweden and Norway.

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