Norfolk Island Flowers
Release date: 18 July 2017
Norfolk Island is located in the Pacific Ocean around 1,400 kilometres east of the Australian mainland. Together with small islets Phillip Island and Nepean Island it forms one of Australia’s external territories.
Around 200 plants are native to Norfolk Island, including 45 that are endemic. This stamp issue showcases two native flowering plants from the region, both of which are from the hibiscus family.
$2 Lagunaria patersonia
A medium to large tree, Lagunaria patersonia is covered in small pink and mauve flowers in spring and summer. This common tree is also native to Lord Howe Island and is cultivated in many parts of the world.
$1 Hibiscus insularis
Endemic to Phillip Island, the critically endangered Hibiscus insularis has also been planted widely on Norfolk Island. This large shrub flowers for most of the year, bearing beautiful cream to light green blooms with a dark magenta centre that turn pinkish or purple as it ages.