IUCN Red List Status: Data Deficient (DD)
Magnolia doltsopa (Buch.-Ham. ex DC.) Figlar, Proc. Int. Symp. Magnoliac. 21 2000. (Syn: Magnolia excelsa Wall.; Magnolia excelsa Jacques [Illegitimate]; Michelia calcuttensis P.Parm.; Michelia doltsopa Buch.-Ham. ex DC.; Michelia excelsa (Wall.) Blume; Michelia manipurensis Watt ex Brandis; Michelia wardii Dandy; Sampacca excelsa (Wall.) Kuntze);
Common name: Temple Magnolia, Doltsopa, Sweet Michelia • Manipuri: লৈহাও লাইসঙ Leihao-laisang

Michelia doltsopa, closely related to the magnolia and known as Sweet Michelia, is a large shrub or tree native to the eastern Himalayan region and the Meghalaya subtropical forests in India.[1]

The wood is fragrant.[2]
The plant varies in form from bushy to narrow and upright, can grow to a height of 30 metres (98 ft) tall. The tree flowers in spring and produces heavily scented white flowers. It has long leathery and glossy dark-green leaves, 6–17 centimetres (2.4–6.7 in) in length, that provide a point of interest all year long. The wood is a rich brown.[3]
The “Silver Cloud” variety grows to 15 feet and flowers earlier in its lifespan.[4]
Michelia doltsopa is used as a featured ornamental tree and street tree, or pruned as a hedge. It enjoys a sheltered position in full or part sun, and appreciates well drained soil.[5] It can tolerate acidic soil.[4]
In Nepal, the wood of the Michelia doltsopa is used for house building.[2] It is also used for house building in Bhutan, where in the 1980s it suffered from over-harvesting.[3]
The Michelia doltsopa is useful in a Shifting cultivation system, which relies on species with “good nitrogen fixation in soil”.[6]
(From Wikipedia on 14.3.14)


Magnolia doltsopa (Buch.-Ham. ex DC.) Figlar: 7 very high res. images.

Location: Panchase, Pokhara, Nepal
Date: 14 March 2024
Elevation: 2055m.

Habitat: Wild 



My photographs taken in the Neora Valley National Park (mixed thread) : 6 correct images as above.
My photographs taken in the Neora Valley National Park, but presume they are of Magnolia campbelli.

I’m used to seeing M. campbellii (here in the US) as a pink-flowered tree.
Could yours be M. doltsopa (Michelia doltsopa)?

I think you are right M campbellii has pink colour flowers. You guess M doltsopa is quite justified!!

Thanks … Will go with what you’ll say.

Thank You for your mail with Michelia doltsopa plant.
Photographs are really good to identify it.
Following is the identification kids:
1. Nepalese call it as “Sweto-Chanp“–now valley with its white flowers
2. tall Trees up to 20 meter.
3. bar: dark grey
4. Flowers axillary, faintly scented, white, c. 10-14 cm across when fully open
5. perianths parts—approx. 12, obovate to spatulate

Flowering: Late February to April
Distribution in India: Eastern Himalaya (Darjeeling, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh) and NE States (Meghalaya, Manipur & NAGALAND).
Altitudinal ranges: 1400-2600 meter
Taxonomic identity:
Michelia doltsopa Buch.-Ham. ex DC., Syst. Nat. 1: 448. 1818 (Correct Name).
Synonyms: Michelia excelsa Wall.; Michelia excelsa (Wall.) Bl.; Michelia manipurensis Watt ex Brandis; Michelia calcuttensis Parment. (all will be italics)

… that posted by … is Michelia doltsopa??

He has only commented on … pictures which I forwarded.

A tree from East Sikkim for ID: 12 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Though the photographs are not good, any suggestion is welcome.
This tree (about 6 m high) was observed in East Sikkim, Fambong Lho WLS, in subtropical forests at about 6500 feet altitude.


A species of Michelia/ Magnolia

I agree with … Thank you. Now let us try for the species.

Looks like Magnoliaceae family. Kndly chk for Magnolia spp.

Overlooked suggestion of … Sorry. Now I forwarded this to … who is also an expert on this group apart from Lamiaceae.

Pl. check /species/m—z/m/magnoliaceae/magnolia 

Thanks …, yessss….

as per my kñowledge it is Magnolia doltsopa.


Magnolia sp.? – ID15032018SH3 : 13 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)- 2 Mb or more

Flower for id pl. Is it Magnolia ? Which Sp. ?
Location – Near Gangtey (Bhutan)
Date – March. 2018

Is it Magnolia cathcartii ?

I find it more closer to images at Magnolia doltsopa (Buch.-Ham. ex DC.) Figlar as per comparative images at Magnolia

I also think that this is Magnolia doltsopa

To me it seems to be Michelia doltsopa. Flowers of The Himalaya by Oleg Polunin and Adam Stainton refers. (Plate -10, image 74)

could be M. doltsopa

I fully agree with … and … It is M. doltsopa.

Is Magnolia dolstopa is synonym of Michelia dolstopa …?

I suppose Magnolia is a synonym of Michelia ??

Yes, both are same. But Magnolia is currently used.

SK1157 30 MAY 2018 : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5) – around 700 kb each.

Location : Lava, Kalimpong, India
Date : 11 May 2018
Elevation :  6800 ft.
Habit : Wild
Magnolia ?? . ID ???

That was already done

Magnolia sp

Magnolia doltsopa (Buch.-Ham. ex DC.) Figlar
Syn: Michelia doltsopa Buch.-Ham. ex DC.
Nepali Name : रानी चाँप  Raanee Chaap

Flower for id – 30032019SH1. .Is this Magnolia dolstopa ? : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Flower for id pl. Is this Magnolia dolstopa ?
Location – Latpanchar (Near Darjeeling), West Bengal
Date – March 2019

Thanks, … To me also appears close to images at Magnolia doltsopa


MS Dec,2018/07 Magnolia sp. (not champaca) for Id. : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
Location : Tan, Mizoram

Altitude : ca. 1,900 m.
Date : 05-10-2018(fls.) & 04-12-2018 (Frs.)
Habit : Middle-sized to large evergreen tree, somewhat resembling Magnolia champaca in appearace.
Habitat : Wild.
Notes : Leaves leathery, upper leaves glabrous, shining ?, lower leaves tomentose. 

I think it is Magnolia doltsopa

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