Globe Magnolia
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Globe Magnolia
D Native Photo: Navendu Pagé
Common name: Globe Magnolia, Hen magnolia
Botanical name: Magnolia globosa    Family: Magnoliaceae (Magnolia family)
Synonyms: Oyama globosa, Magnolia tsarongensis, Yulania japonica var. globosa

Globe Magnolia is a deciduous large shrub or small tree growing to 7-10 m tall. The leaves are variable in shape, obovate, elliptic-ovate or broadly ovate, 10-24 cm long and 5-14 cm broad, glossy dark green above, paler and slightly downy below, and with a bluntly pointed tip. The flowers are creamy white, 6-7.6 cm wide, with the 9-12 tepals all about the same size; they are fragrant, nodding or pendent, and have a rounded, spherical profile. Stamens are dark red, 1.2-1.7 cm; thecae fused to each other, tip slightly notched. Fruiting stalk is thick and strong, densely hairy. Fruit is red when mature and later becoming reddish brown, round, 6-8 cm, tip rounded; mature carpels with curved beaks. Globe Magnolia is native to Nepal to East Himalaya to S. Central China. Flowering May-July .

Identification credit: Pema Bhutia Photographed in Sikkim.

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