Title : Protection of the Endangered Species Special 
Stamp Serial#
2143 
KPC#
C-1642 
MICHEL#
2170 
StanGib#
2483 
Scott#
2046b 
Date of Issue
02/26/2001 
Quantity
750,000 
Denomination
170 won 
Design
Rhododendron aureum Georgi 
Designer
Lee, Gi-seok 
Image Area
26mm*36mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
4*3() 
Paper
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
This special wraps up a series of efforts made since 1994 to publish special stamps on endangered species and forms of wildlife that are now under government protection, with a view to promoting information on them as part of protection efforts. This time, four plant stamps have been introduced : Jeffersonia dubia (Maxim.) Benth. & Hook., Diapensia lapponica L. var. obovata Fr. Schm., Rhododendron aureum Georgi, and Sedum orbiculatum D. Lee.
Wouldn't it a great idea to herald the coming spring with an aromatic stamp featuring the aroma of an ume tree?

Rhododendron aureum Georgi.
A low-growing, evergreen shrub, it lives in areas near mountains at high elevations or at the foot of high mountains located in the northern regions of Korea, including Mt. Seorak in Gangwon Province. Its large leaves remain buried in the snow for nine months a year, while still maintaining their vitality. The light-yellow flowers blossom around June and July during the rather short seasonal thaw. The stem of the plant clings to the ground surface as it grows, so as to avoid exposure to wind and weather. The 2 centimeter capsule-type berries ripen in September.