New franking labels from Åland present lovely orchids


On 13 March 2018, Åland Post launches a new type of self-adhesive franking labels. The first series is a set of four types of lovely scented orchids that thrive in the Åland soil.

Åland Post retires the FRAMA franking machines on 12 March 2018. The new type of franking labels is self-adhesive and printed on Zebra printers connected to the post office terminals in Mariehamn and Sviby.  Sold by Åland Post Stamps, the new series of labels consists of four different motifs of the same denomination, i.e. €1,50.

The new franking labels show lesser butterfly orchid (Platanthera bifolia), heath spotted orchid (Dactylorhiza maculata), fly orchid (Ophrys insectifera) and creeping ladies tresses (Goodyera repens)

Lesser butterfly orchid and heath spotted orchid are rather common species in Åland and not protected species. They flower in June-July. The night-scented flowers of the lesser butterfly orchid are white with a yellow tint. It thrives in lush forests and meadows. The heath spotted orchid with light purple flowers grows in bog and pine forests.

Creeping ladies tresses is not quite as common, however, not a protected species in Åland. It is generally found in the mossy undergrowth of pine forests and blossoms in July-August with white, downy flowers.  Fly orchid, on the other hand, is a both rare and protected species, growing in calcareous, moist soil. Appearing from June to July, its peculiar flowers resemble a female sphecidae, the only type of wasp to pollinate this species.


Date of issue                        13 March 2018
Andy Horner
Denomination of series      4 x €1.50
Price FDC                            
56 x 25 mm
40 gms thermal paper
Printing method                
4-colour offset
Printing house                    Cartor Security Printing


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