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The Meyer Lemons stamp

The Postal Service has released its Meyer Lemons stamps.

The 2-cent denominated stamp can be added to other stamps to meet the necessary postage for a given mailpiece.

The stamps are available in coils of 10,000. For collectors, the stamp is also available in coils of 500.

Thought to be a cross between a lemon and a mandarin or sweet orange, the Meyer lemon has its roots in China, though no one knows when the plant first appeared.

Frank N. Meyer, for whom the lemon was named, encountered the dwarf fruit trees in the early 1900s in Beijing, where they were grown primarily for ornamental rather than culinary purposes. Meyer, who worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, had been tasked with discovering native plants of other countries that might thrive in the United States.

USPS dedicated the stamp Jan. 19 at a philatelic and postcard show in New Orleans.

The Postal Service’s news release has additional information.