Species: Magnolia grandiflora
Common name: Laurel magnolia, Life tree, Bari champa, Him champa
Description: Magnolia is a large, broad-leafed evergreen tree. Its trunk is typically straight and erect with spreading branches that form a dense, broadly pyramidal crown. The evergreen leaves are leathery and dark glossy green above with rusty, velveteen undersides.
- Bark stimulant, diaphoretic and tonic; used also for malaria and rheumatism, most part contains an essential oil.
- Most parts contain an essential oil.
- It has some limited use in the forest products trade where its wood is made into veneer for plywood and wooden crates to transport vegetables.
Image credit: By Mr. Puskar Pande at FRI, Dehradun campus. Flower image: Davethe Mage