Date of issue: 18 September 2018
Only one Australian native plant is recognisable in this 2-stamp set featuring cruise ships visiting Norfolk Island .
Plant: Araucaria heterophylla
Common-name: Norfolk Island pine
The genus Araucaria contains three species in Australia and about 18 species world-wide.
The Norfolk Island pine was originally confined to the small Australian island of Norfolk Island, east of Brisbane and north of New Zealand. It has been widely planted in coastal areas in the rest of Australia and elsewhere due to its tolerance to salt spray and other extremes of the shoreline environment.