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  • Issue date: 17/01/2005
  • Printing Process: Huecograbado
  • Paper: Estucado engomado fosforescente
  • Size of stamp: 28,8 x 40,9 mm. (vertical)
  • Sheet effects: 50
  • Postal value of the stamps: 0,78 €
  • Print run: 1.000.000
  • Dented: 13 3/4


The series Monumental Trees is made up of a stamp devoted to the Ahuehuete tree in the Retiro park in Madrid. The Ahuehuete or Taxodium mucronatum , also known as Mexican Cypress is a tree from North America. It is a coniferous tree and one of the most longevous species in the world. Its leaves are lance shaped and alternate. It proliferates along the river banks and in Mexico its name means Old water tree due to its antiquity and its need for water. As a representative example of the ahuehuete and the large size it can grow to both in length and width of its trunk we can turn to a specimen in the Santa Maria de Tule graveyard near Oxaca. The abundance of ahuehuetes in this country is such that in 1921 on occasion of the celebration of its independence it was named "National Tree". The ahuehuete has inspired many a legend and has been used for ornamental purposes. Spain has quite a number of them very relevant for their sizes and beauty. In fact in the Prince's gardens in Aranjuez are kept some beautiful specimens of this tree also known as Sabino. The stamp however is focused on the one located in the Retiro park. It is a tree with a thick trunk and a large number of branches which make it look like a chandelier. It is believed to have been planted at the beginning of the XVII century because it figures in the inventory of the Buen Retiro of that century. We can therefore figure out that the tree is around 300 years old and since these trees live up to 6000 years then we can consider it a young specimen. The ahuehuete in the Retiro was included in 1992 in the "Catalogue of Singular trees" of the Madrid Council.

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