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Being an ancient genus of about 210 species of flowering plants evolved before bees appeared.
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Anise Magnolia - Magnolia salicifolia01/30/2015
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Green Star Magnolia - Magnolia stellata 'Green Star'01/30/2015
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Ivory Chalice Magnolia - Magnolia 'Ivory Chalice'01/30/2015
Kobus Magnolia - Magnolia kobus01/30/2015
Lenne Saucer Magnolia - Magnolia x soulangiana 'Lennei'01/30/2015
Leonard Messel Magnolia - Magnolia x loebneri 'Leonard Messel'01/30/2015
Lilliputian Saucer Magnolia - Magnolia x soulangiana 'Lilliputian'01/30/2015
Magnolia Green Jumper - Lyssomanes viridis01/17/2015
Merrill's Loebner Magnolia - Magnolia x loebneri 'Merrill'01/30/2015
Northern Japanese Magnolia - Magnolia kobus var 'borealis'01/30/2015
Proctor's Magnolia - Magnolia x proctoriana01/30/2015
Rohrbach Star Magnolia - Magnolia stellata 'Rohrbach'01/30/2015
Saucer Magnolia - Magnolia x soulangiana01/30/2015
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Tuliptree - Liriodendron tulipifera01/30/2015
Umbrella Magnolia - Magnolia tripetala01/30/2015
Wada's Memory Magnolia - Magnolia kobus 'Wada's Memory'01/30/2015
Whitebark Magnolia - Magnolia hypoleuca01/30/2015
Yulan Magnolia - Magnolia denudata01/30/2015

The earliest flowering plants date back about 130 million years. According to Cronquist Evolution and Classification of Flowering Plants, the most primitive of all living angiosperms belong to the subclass Magnoliidae. This subclass contains several primitive plant families, including the water-lily family (Nymphaeaceae), buttercup family (Ranunculaceae) and Magnoliaceae. Plants in the magnolia family have the following characteristics:

  • Large flowers with numerous tepals

  • Numerous spirally arranged stamens at the base of a conelike receptacle bearing numerous spirally arranged carpels. At maturity the carpels develop into a woody, conelike aggregate of seed-bearing follicles. Each seed has a fleshy red outer layer (aril) and hangs from its follicle by a threadlike stalk. Other primitive floral characteristics are radial symmetry or actinomorphic (floral parts similar in size & shape), perfect (with functional androecium and gynoecium), complete (with all 4 floral parts: calyx, corolla, androecium & gynoecium), and floral axis (receptacle) elongated. The latter characteristic is clearly visible in the magnolia blossom. With all the woody, spirally arranged carpels (follicles), this axis truly resembles a conelike structure.

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Magnoliaceae - Magnolia Family
The earliest flowering plants date back about 130 million years. According to Cronquist Evolution and Classification of Flowering Plants, the most primitive of all living angiosperms belong to the subclass Magnoliidae. This subclass contains several primitive plant families, including the water-lilies (Nymphaeaceae), and buttercups  (Ranunculaceae). Tree Encyclopedia | Tree Index | Magnolia Main
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