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Family :

MAGNOLIACEAE

Division :

Angiosperm

Genus of this Family

Description


Evergreen trees or shrubs. Leaves simple, alternate, entire or lobed with large stipules enfolding the terminal bud, deciduous. Flowers large, solitary, terminal, bisexual, hypogynous. Tepals 6-18, free, often more or less similar and all petaloid, less often clearly differentiated into sepals and petals. Stamens numerous, usually free, spirally arranged, originating in centripetal sequence, more or less ribbon-shaped. Carpels numerous, usually free, ovules most commonly 2, sometimes several, bitegmic. Fruits variously follicular or indehiscent berry or sarmaroid. Seeds usually large with abundant oily endosperm.

Key to the Genus

Serial Key Reference
1a. Leaves alternate; flowers usually terminal; gynoecium sessile Magnolia
1b. Leaves spirally arranged; flowers usually axillary; gynoecium stipitate Michelia