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Monday, 11 April 2011

Magnolia

Magnolia is an ancient genus. Having evolved before bees appeared, the flowers developed to encourage pollination by beetles. As a result, the carpels of Magnolia flowers are tough, to avoid damage by eating and crawling beetles. Fossilised specimens of M. acuminata have been found dating to 20 million years ago, and of plants identifiably belonging to the Magnoliaceae dating to 95 million years ago. Another primitive aspect of Magnolias is their lack of distinct sepals or petals.

From Wikipedia

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9 comments:

  1. C'est tout simplement magnifique ces fleurs ! Merci !

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  2. Love all those gorgeous blossoms!

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  3. Magnolia trees are one of my favorites. Aah - beautiful Spring! :D

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  4. Mine here in Virginia are in bloom too. The blossoms have such great color!

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  5. What a beautiful species of magnolia this is.
    I like it better than the Soulangeana. do you know the name?

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  6. Just lovely. I have the same variety in my garden.

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  7. Dear jocodeane
    The name is Magnolia × soulangeana and you can read more in Wikipedia under this link :

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnolia_%C3%97_soulangeana

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  8. The magnolia across our house started to bloom already. lovely photo

    Visit Picture My World Tuesday

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  9. These are so beautiful!!!

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