Kingdom: Plantae Order: Magnoliales Family: Magnoliaceae Genus:Magnolia Species:Magnolia grandiflora Common name: Laurel magnolia, Life tree, Bari champa, Him champa Origin: U.S.A.
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