The natural fashion of fungi
which are found in Malta and Gozo, have been
chosen to feature on this set of five
The set, designed by Stephen
Mifsud, with face values of Euro 0.05, Euro 0.12,
Euro 0.19, Euro 0.26, Euro 1.57, are 35.0mm x
35.0mm in size, with a perforation of 14.28 x
14.28 (comb). The stamps are offset printed
on Maltese Crosses watermarked paper by Printex
Limited, and are available in sheets of ten.
Stephen Mifsud is a dedicated
floristic enthusiast with a particular passion to
local species. His website, http://www.maltawildplants.com/,
is a detailed database which describes in detail
the wild flowering plants growing in Malta with
hundreds of different species of plants which are
found in the various habitats throughout the
The five examples chosen by the
artist for this issue are Laetiporus sulphureus
(Euro 0.05), Montagnea arenaria (Euro 0.12),
Pleurotus eryngii (Euro 0.19), Inonotus indicus
(Euro 0.26), Suillus collinitus (Euro 1.57).
Fungi are a group of organisms
and micro-organisms that are classified within
their own kingdom, the fungal kingdom, as they are
neither plant nor animal. Fungi draw their
nutrition from decaying organic matter, living
plants and even animals. Many play an
important role in the natural cycle as decomposers
and the return of nutrients to the soil.
Fungi are even used for medical purposes, such as
These stamps are available as
First Day Covers, in mint or cancelled format, and
as Souvenir Folders and Presentation Packs. The
stamps will be on sale from 27th March 2009, at
all MaltaPost branches in Malta and Gozo, the
MaltaPost Mobile Unit, and the Philatelic Bureau
(tel. 2596 1747, e-mail email@example.com).
Additional information on this and other issues is
available on the MaltaPost website http://www.maltapost.com/.
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