Large-Leaf Magnolia
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Large-Leaf Magnolia
E Native Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Large-Leaf Magnolia • Assamese: বৰহমথুৰি Borhomthuri • Kachari: Laigerau • Khasi: Dieng-soh-pydem • Mizo: Thingtumbu • Manipuri: ꯎꯊꯨꯝ Uthum, Oothum
Botanical name: Magnolia hodgsonii    Family: Magnoliaceae (Magnolia family)
Synonyms: Talauma hodgsonii, Lirianthe hodgsonii

Large-Leaf Magnolia is a small evergreen tree up to 15 m tall. It is named for Bryan Houghton Hodgson, 19th century British amateur naturalist in Nepal. Leaves can be up to half a meter long, are obovate-oblong, usually 20-50 cm long and 10-13 cm broad, with a leathery texture. The flowers are fragrant, with nine tepals up to 9 cm long, the inner tepals white, the outer ones greenish. The fruit is 13-15 cm long, composed of an aggregate of 40-80 follicles. The wood is very soft and not normally useful. Like almost all Himalayan Magnolias, Large-Leaf Magnolia flourishes in a stiff clay soil. It is found in S Xizang, SE Yunnan, Bhutan, NE India, N Myanmar, Nepal and Thailand, at altitudes of 800-1500 m. Flowering: April-May.

Identification credit: Tabish, Nidhan Singh Photographed in Meghalaya & Assam.

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