SPECIES: A few
Magnolias are ancient trees. They appeared before bees had evolved and thus had to rely on beetles to do the pollinating work. Beetles are a clumsy lot compared with dancing bees, and so the flowers need to be robust, with thick, waxy petals that reflect in moonlight, when the beetles are up, and tough inner carpels, heady with fruit scent so pleasing to a beetle’s nose. Guardian
Magnolias are named after French botanist Pierre Magnol. Wikipedia
Please bring you favourite for the competition table at our next meeting – 17 August.
Past CHGC President Jane did an excellent presentation on Magnolias – you can see this presentation here.