Philatelic Aspects of Ascension

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  (vinca rosea)

Otherwise known as the Cape Daisy, this pretty little flower was introduced from St Helena in about 1870. It spread so rapidly that attempts to exterminate it were made around 1910, but a few survived and it became common in most of the drier areas of the island, especially near Travellers Hill, the Devils Riding School and on Mountain Red Hill.
The white variety (vinca rosea alba), is less common and is found chiefly on the lower slopes of Green Mountain, near Two Boats.


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Created by Stephen C Fowler
Last revised on the 2nd of July 2000