Laulau Fruit Trees in PNG

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Laulau Fruit Trees

Post PNG Philatelic Bureau, as the mandated administration to produced and manage postage stamps in Papua New Guinea is releasing a set of postage stamp featuring Laulau Fruit Tree in Papua New Guinea Laulau (Syzygium malaccense) is a plant of the fairly humid lowland tropics, where it is also found at altitudes up to 1,200 meters. This plant grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are between 22 and 28 °C, but can tolerate between 16 and 33 °C.

Its habitat is that of rainforests in the lower mountain region, coastal wetlands and is common in villages, lowland secondary forests and cultivated valleys from sea level up to 1,000 - 1,200 meters. The straight cylindrical trunk can have a diameter up to 130 cm in Papua New Guinea, often branched near the ground even at times without branches for 10 - 15 meters, with buttresses at the base.

The inflorescences grow directly on the trunk or on the old branches without leaves, with an abundant flowering of a very showy red-pink color.  The fruit is oblong in shape and dark red, although some varieties have a white or pink skin; measuring up to 20 mm x 26 mm and 5 - 8 cm in diameter, containing a single large seed. The pulp is white and surrounds a large seed. Its flavor is bland but refreshing.

The plants take four to five years to flower from seed, with the maximum yield being reached after about 10 years, and can bear fruit up to three times a year; flowering seems to be facilitated by a period of rain following a period of drought.  Sometimes, fruiting can occur almost continuously and yields of 60 - 80 kilos per plant have been recorded.

Propagation occurs both by seed, with sowing that must be carried out when the seed is still fresh, removed from the fruit, as it has a limited vitality. It is used for both food and for medicinal purposes. The fruits are edible; they are eaten both raw and stewed with cloves or combined with other fruit in pies, pastry creams, etc. Ripe fruit is crunchy and very juicy, with a thin skin and a mild, refreshing, sub-acid flavor, are deliciously refreshing on a hot day, and packed with vitamins.

Technical Details

Stamp Size
40mm x 30mm
Souvenir
Sheet Size
90mm x 75mm
Sheetlet Size
90mm x 75mm
Denomination
1.60, 3.00, 5.00 & 6.90
Sheet Contents
25
Format
Horinzontal
Perforation
2mm
Colours
Full Colour Process
Paper
Turis-Russel Non-Prosphor
Gum
Unwatered Mark, PVA Gummed
Printing Technique
Multi-Colour Offset, Lithography
Designer
Banian Masiboda - Art Base Advertising
Issue Date
22nd November, 2023
Withdrawal Date
22nd November, 2024