Title : Protection of the Endangered Species Special
Stamp Serial#
2051 
KPC#
C-1564 
MICHEL#
2079 
StanGib#
2385 
Scott#
2018b 
Date of Issue
02/25/2000 
Quantity
750,000 
Denomination
170 won 
Design
Hibiscus hamabo Sieb. et Zucc 
Designer
Lee, Gi-seog 
Image Area
26mm * 36mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
4 * 3 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
Since 1994, the Ministry of Information and Communication has annually issued special stamps of rare and endangered animal and plant species in an effort to bring public attention to their plight and encourage the drive to protect them. Take note that Sedirea japonica (Lindenb. et Rchb. f.) Gray et Sweet, Lillium cernum Komarov, Hibiscus hamabo Sieb. et Zucc., and Cypripedium japonicum Thunberg are the first aromatic stamps issued in Korea. How about greeting this coming spring with these stamps laden with the scent of violets.

Hibiscus hamabo Sieb. et Zucc..
This deciduous shrub usually occurs in the coastal forests of Cheju-do island and the southern islands of Korea. The stalk grows to 1~2 m tall, and has many branches. The leaves are bluntly serrulated on the margins with sparse star-shaped hairs on the surface, and downy underside. It bears pale yellow flowers that are about 5cm in diameter. One or two flowers grow on each individual flower stalk and are in bloom during July and August.