Christmas Island Botanical Postage Stamps
Date of issue: 18 June 2013
Illustrator: Deirdre Bean
Printer: McKellar Renown
Part of a series of four flowering shrubs stamps.
Plant: Urena lobata
The varietal name printed on the stamp, Urena lobata var. sinuata,
is not currently recognised by the Australian botanical community.
Burr Mallow, Congo Weed
This plant is currently recognised as being native to Christmas Island, although it is widely distributed as a weed in the tropics of both hemispheres including Brazil and Southeast Asia and Australia.
On Christmas Island it occurs in open patches of loose disturbed soil and with limestone rocks.