US 1964 Christmas ; Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) 5c. Scott. 1256

US 1964 Christmas ; Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) 5c. Scott. 1256

Series: Christmas 1964 Issue

Stamp details: Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)

Issued date: 09-11-1964 (dd/mm/yyyy)
Face value: 5c.

Emission: Commemorative
Watermark: No Watermark

Catalogue No:-
Scott (USA): 1256
Stanley Gibbons (UK): 1238
Michel (Germany): 871x
Yvert et Tellier (France): 771

Dimensions (height x width):
26mm x 22mm

Printer: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Print Method: Giori Press

Stamp Colors: Green, Carmine and Black
Perforation: Perf 11 x 11
Paper: Ordinary

Themes: Christmas, Flowers, Leaves, Plants

Total print: 351,940,000 (estimate)

Description: The poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is a commercially important plant species of the diverse spurge family (Euphorbiaceae). Indigenous to Mexico and Central America, the poinsettia was first described by Europeans in 1834. It is particularly well known for its red and green foliage and is widely used in Christmas floral displays. It derives its common English name from Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico, who is credited with introducing the plant to the US in the 1820s. Poinsettias are shrubs or small trees, with heights of 0.64 m (2.013.1 ft). Though often stated to be highly toxic, the poinsettia is not dangerous to pets or children. Exposure to the plant, even consumption, most often results in no effect, though it can cause nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.