Magnolia is an ancient genus. Appearing before bees evolved, the flowers are theorized to have evolved to encourage pollination by beetles. To avoid damage from pollinating beetles, the carpels of Magnolia flowers are extremely tough. Fossilized specimens of M. acuminata have been found dating to 20 million years ago.
The flowers are bisexual with numerous adnate carpels and stamens are arranged in a spiral fashion on the elongated receptacle.
averages 21 metres tall
East and southeast Asia, and eastern North America, Central America, the West Indies, and some species in South America.
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