Norfolk Island Tree Fern

Release date: 2 April 2019

The external Australian territory of Norfolk Island has around 200 native plants, including 40 that are endemic, such as the Norfolk Tree Fern (Cyathea brownii). At around 20 metres in height, with fronds up to five metres long, this is the tallest of all tree fern species. Mature trees have a smooth trunk marked with oval scars from fallen fronds.

The Norfolk Tree Fern was common in the island’s once extensive subtropical rainforest. It can now be found naturally in remnant patches of native forest on private land and in the Norfolk Island National Park and Botanic Garden, where it’s a protected species. The Norfolk Tree Fern has been cultivated in many countries and is not endangered.

The stamps

The stamps, designed by Simone Sakinofsky of the Australia Post Design Studio, presents close-up photographs of this fern species, showing an open frond as well as a frond in the process of unfurling.

$1 - Norfolk Tree Fern crosier (unfurling frond)

$2 - Norfolk Tree Fern frond

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Set of stamps


Gutter strip of 10 x $1

Gutter strip of 10 x $2

Additional products

  • Minisheet
  • First day cover (blank, gummed, minisheet)

Technical specifications

  • Issue date

    2 April 2019
  • Issue withdrawal date

    31 October 2019
  • Denominations

    1 x $1, 1 x $2
  • Stamp design

    Simone Sakinofsky, Australia Post Design Studio
  • Product design

    Simone Sakinofsky, Australia Post Design Studio
  • Paper: gummed

    Tullis Russell
  • Printer

    RA Printing
  • Printing process

    Offset lithography
  • Stamp size

    37.5mm x 26mm
  • Minisheet size

    135mm x 80mm
  • Perforations

    13.86 x 14.6
  • Sheet layout

    Module of 50
  • FDI postmark

    Norfolk Island, NSW 2899
  • Issue withdrawal date

    30 April 2019

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