Common name: Campbell's Magnolia
Botanical name: Magnolia campbelli Family: Magnoliaceae (Magnolia family)
Campbell's magnolia is a magnolia that grows in the forests of
the Himalaya from Nepal to SW China and Burma, at altitudes of 2400-3000 m.
It is a large deciduous tree, bearing large white or cream, scented flowers,
mostly on bare branches. Flowers are 13-20 cm across, with 12-15 large white
petals, outer ones silvery-haired. Smooth oval leaves are up to a foot long,
with silky hairs on the underside when young. Fruit is a cylindrical spike
15-20 cm long, with red seeds. A pink flowered form of Campbell's Magnolia
occurs in East Himalayas, and is cultivated around Darjeeling.
Identification credit: Navendu Pagé