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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Trees , Crops and Fruits on Flags

Trees, Fruits, Crops, etc. on Flags are the direct reflections of country’s natural resources. The importance of the product on local economy, religious superstitions, et al.
 The Cedar of Libanus (Cedrus Libani) shown on the Lebanese flag is the famous Cedar mentioned in the Bible and symbolizes holiness and eternity. Cedar- a coniferous tree frequently mentioned in the Bible. 
Psalms 104:16 The trees of the LORD are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted;
Judges 9:15 And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow: and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon.
Psalms 92:12 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
 Maple Leaf Canada's distinctive emblem dating from the 18th.Century. The present flag was adopted on February 15,1965

The Canadian State of Prince Edward Island's flag has one big green Oak tree symbolising England and the three Oak saplings for three provinces of the State.The State flag of Saskatchewan shows a western Red Lily, the State flower.
The city of Flagstaff was named after a tall Ponderosa Pine flagpole made by the lumberjacks from Boston (known as the Flagstaff Tea Party) to celebrate the United States centennial on July 4, 1876.
 Green Pine Trees on Flags used during American Freedom Struggle.
 The central emblem within a garland of 50 leaves shows the tools of logging industry. The crest is a Mahogany tree. The motto ‘Sub Umbra Floreo’ is a reference to the abundant forests of Belize (formerly British Honduras).

  The Silk Cotton Tree or God Tree is the tree under which the first Treaty was made between the Spaniards and the King of Equatorial Guinea (formerly Rio Muni).

 Sorghum Plant on the former flag of Burundi (prior 1967) Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor), is a cereal crop close to maize and sugar cane. The crop originated in the Northeast part of Africa and has been an important crop of Burundi. Sorghum is used for beverage and porridge.
 The images depicted on the shield  of Fiji represent agricultural activities on the islands, At the top of the shield, a British lion holds a cocoa pod between its paws. The upper left is sugar cane, upper right is a coconut palm, the lower left a dove of peace, and the lower right a bunch of bananas.

 Bread Fruit Leaf on the former Flag of Grenadines of St. Vincent (1979-1985). St. Vincent was happened to be the first Caribbean Islands to grow this crop. 

 The world wide nature of the United Nations and its mission of peace are expressed by two Olive branches embracing the globe. The flag was flown for the first time in 1947 

 The Cypriot flag The crossed Olive branches symbolises a desire for ethnic peace between the Turks & the Greeks

 The ‘Olive stem’ surrounded By a wreath of Olive leaves on Eritrean flag inspired by the United Nations’ flag 

 The two crossed Fern or Namele leaves, representing the traditional way of life of the Vanuatu (formerly New Hebrides)

 The South Pacific Commission set up in 1947. the distinctive feature of the flag is the presence of a Coconut Palm Tree

Flag of ‘DDR’ East Germany (1959 - 1989) in order to make a distinction with the west German flag , DDR’s state emblem  within a wreath of ears of corn was superimposed on Weimar colours. However, the flag became obsolete when East Germany got merged with West Germany in 1989.

  The symbol in the hoist of the national flag of Grenada, once popularly known as "Isle of Spice" depicts a clove of Nutmeg, which is considered as Grenada’s principal crop.

 The  stamps titled "celebration", is designed to show the successful practice of "one country, two systems" in HongKong. Pictures of China's national flag and the  HongKong's flag which features a stylised five-petal  Bauhinia  flower

 The flag of Macao has a green background with motifs of five stars, a lotus flower, the stylized Nobre Carvalho Bridge and sea water. The lotus is the floral emblem of Macau. The three petals of the lotus flower stand for the three islands of Macau; the Macau Peninsula, Taipa and Coloane. 

The desert Palm Tree on Liberian State Flags.
P.B. The above is not an exhaustive list of Flags with Flora as motifs on Stamps. 


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