P&PDL Picture of the Week for
February 8, 2010

Magnolia Blossoms Unique

Rosie Lerner, Extension Consumer Horticulturist, Dept of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture, Purdue University

Magnolia flowers are among the most lovely of all trees, and they are also rather unique and primitive in structure. The sepals and petals are almost indistinguishable, often referred to as "tepals".  The numerous stamens (male flower parts) are joined at the base of a cone-like structure, the joined carpels of the female flowers.  

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Magnolia blossom

Purdue Plant & Pest Diagnostic Lab Purdue Cooperative Extension Service