Origin of Scientific name: The genus name Couroupita comes from the South American name for this plant, couroupitoutoumou. The species name guianensis comes from the Guianas, referring to the place of origin of the botanical specimen used as reference to name this plant.
Vernacular names : pokok peluru meriam (Malaysia), buah kanon (Indonesian), sala-lan kaa (Thailand), dau lau (Vietnam), cannonball tree (English).
Original habitat : South America, It is a tree of the flood plains of the northern parts of South America. In its natural habitat the tree grows into a fine, straight tree, with a crown of branches high up, and a profusion of its curious short flowering branches, from about 3 meters from the ground to the crown. The timber appears to have no particular use.
Large shrub requiring a warm, humid site in partial shade. The foliage has deeply indented veins which is quite different to most Camellias. The new growth is an attractive purple color. Best suited to woodland conditions. The soil must be well-drained soil and remain constantly damp. It produces the only yellow flowers known in the genus. In time, hybridizers are hoping to develop a new range of colors to include yellow, orange, apricot and peach.
This beautiful, small tree is common on Kinabalu from 2,500 to 3,000 meters above sea level. The rather similar S. wallichii (Madang Changkoh) grows on hills in the Peninsular, especially Penang Hills, and is distinguished by its smaller flowers and larger leaves. It is a moderate-sized tree.
Date of Issue : 5 February 2002
Denomination : 30 sen, RM1.00 X 2
Stamp Size : 30mm X 40mm
Miniature Sheet Denomination : RM4.00
Miniature Sheet Size : 105mm X 75mm
Stamp Size in Miniature Sheet : 30mm X 40mm & 28mm X 38mm
Perforation : 14
Sheet Content : 20 stamps
Paper : Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography
Printer : Secura Security Printing Sdn. Bhd.
Stamp Designer : Hazel design