Pink Tulip Tree
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Pink Tulip Tree
ative Photo: Sanjyoti Subba
Common name: Pink Tulip Tree
Botanical name: Magnolia campbellii    Family: Magnoliaceae (Magnolia family)

Pink Tulip Tree 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 Pink Tulip Tree occurs in East Himalayas, and is cultivated around Darjeeling. Flowering: March-April.

Identification credit: Sanjyoti Subba Photographed in Tshoka-Bakhim, Sikkim.

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