Gerberas stamps from Israel

Israelpost issued a set of definitive stamps depicting Gerberas.

The Gerbera, or Transvaal Daisy, is an ornamental plant belonging to the sunflower family. It was named in honor of German botanist Traugott Gerber and originates from the Transvaal region of South Africa.

The Gerbera is extremely popular and is widely used as a decorative garden plant or as cut flowers, which last for a relatively long period of time. In recent years new Gerbera species have been cultivated which are designed to grow in flowerpots.

The Gerbera also has commercial significance. It is the fifth most used cut flower in the world (after the rose, carnation, chrysanthemum and tulip). Israeli flower growers produce some 20 million Gerbera flowers each year. Worldwide demand for exported Israeli Gerberas is greatest during the period between October and April. There are five discernible types of Gerbera flowers, based mainly on the rows of petals and they way in which these are arranged: single, double or duplex, crested double, full crested double and quilled crested doubles.

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