Magnolia liliiflora Desr., Encycl. 3: 675 1792. (Syn: Lassonia quinquepeta Buc’hoz; Magnolia atropurpurea Steud.; Magnolia discolor Vent.; Magnolia gracilis Salisb.; Magnolia liliiflora var. gracilis (Salisb.) Rehder; Magnolia liliiflora var. nigra (G.Nicholson) Rehder; Magnolia liliiflora f. nigra (G.Nicholson) Geerinck; Magnolia obovata var. liliiflora (Desr.) Ser.; Magnolia obovata var. purpurea (Curtis) Ser.; Magnolia plena C.L.Peng & L.H.Yan; Magnolia polytepala Y.W.Law, R.Z.Zhou & R.J.Zhang; Magnolia purpurea Curtis; Magnolia purpurea var. discolor (Vent.) Loudon; Magnolia purpurea var. liliiflora (Desr.) Loudon; Magnolia quinquepeta (Buc’hoz) Dandy; Magnolia × soulangeana var. nigra G.Nicholson; Talauma sieboldii Miq.; Yulania japonica Spach; Yulania japonica var. purpurea (Curtis) P.Parm.; Yulania liliiflora (Desr.) D.L.Fu);
Magnolia liliiflora (variously known by many names, including Mulan magnolia, Purple magnolia, Red magnolia, Lily magnolia, Tulip magnolia, Jane magnolia and Woody-orchid) is a small tree native to southwest China (in Sichuan and Yunnan), but cultivated for centuries elsewhere in China and also Japan. It was first introduced to English-speaking countries from cultivated Japanese origins, and is thus also sometimes called Japanese magnolia, though it is not native to Japan. It is now also planted as an ornamental in North America and Europe, though rather less often than its popular hybrid (see below). The name Yulania liliiflora is a synonym.
It is a deciduous shrub, exceptionally a small tree, to 4m tall (smaller than most other magnolias), and blooms profusely in early spring with large pink to purple showy flowers, before the leaf buds open.
(From Wikipedia on 17.3.14)
– Some picture of the same plant from Vancouver.
– This is the ‘State Flower’ for both Mississippi and Louisiana states.
– in NY its called tulip tree ( not to be mistaken for the yellow flowered tulip tree: Liriodendron tulipifera)…
Magnolia liliiflora from Kashmir:
Magnolia liliiflora Descr., J. B. A. P. M. de Lamarck, Encycl. 3:675. 1792
Common names: Purple magnolia, red magnolia, woody orchid.
A comparatively recent introduction in Kashmir, now commonly planted in Moghul Gardens and private gardens in kashmir, with its distinctive reddish lily like flowers and shining green leaves.
Magnolia for Bot. ID- California -050711 RK – 1:
I think it is Magnolia liliiflora.
I think you are right, this is the ‘Tulip” tree magnolia that we have
It can also be
Yes Magnolia liliiflora
Requesting id 20042012 ASP 01:
I think this is a hybrid Magnolia. Very common here in garden.
Dilleniaceae, Magnoliaceae and Annonaceae Fortnight: Magnoliaceae- Magnolia liliiflora from Kashmir-GSMAR3 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments(5).
Dilleniaceae, Magnoliaceae and Annonaceae Fortnight: Magnoliaceae- Magnolia liliiflora from California-GSMAR4 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (2).
Dilleniaceae, Magnoliaceae and Annonaceae Fortnight :: Magnoliaceae – For ID – Pink Magnolia from Michigan, USA :: AKMAR-10 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3).
Perhaps same Magnolia liliiflora
Thank you … for the ID….
Your ID confused me because I had earlier posted Magnolia liliifera (kavathi chapha) and this looked much different…..
After a lot of googling, I realised my mistake, the ID of my tree posted in this post is M. liliiflora and not M. liliifera……..What a stupid mistake…. 🙂
The efi page for Magnolia liliiflora (/species/m—z/m/magnoliaceae/magnolia/magnolia-liliiflora) too contains posts relating to M. liliifera…..
Does this need to change?
Perhaps Magnolia liliiflora.
Thank you … for ID….
Dilleniaceae, Magnoliaceae and Annonaceae Fortnight : Magnolia liliiflora : Kodaikanal : 120314 : AK-9 : Attachments (3). 1 post by 1 author.
Magnolia liliiflora seen at Kodaikanal
Lighter flowers, broader petals (length breadth ratio) longer sepals and more important presence of lot of leaves suggest M. × soulangiana
Different sites give different information.
It may be due to many hybrids developed over the years.
Pl. see POWO (Magnolia × soulangeana Soul.-Bod.), POWO (Magnolia liliiflora Desr.),
Only Magnolia liliiflora Desr. is listed as per Flora of Peninsular India and is cultivated in Tamilnadu hills.
Distribution given in different Databases is not updated and reliable. For example, you can find M. × soulangiana in almost all nurseries in Dehradun.
Being mostly cultivated, distribution given in databases should not be a big issue.
Dilleniaceae, Magnoliaceae and Annonaceae Fortnight : Magnolia liliiflora : Bhimtal : 110314 : AK-2 : Attachments (4). 3 posts by 2 authors.
Location: Kakani , Nepal
Altitude: 6000 ft.
Date: 2 March 2013
Yes … Seems very common in many places. I have clicked from Kashmir, here in Sunnyvale California and only yesterday here in Fremont, California.
Flower for Id( from Bhutan) -ID22032018SH2 – Magnolia ? : 7 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)
Flower for id pl.- Is it some Magnolia Sp. ?
Location – Paro (Bhutan)
Date – March. 2018
Pl. check /species/m—z/m/magnoliaceae/magnolia
I think it can be Magnolia liliiflora, a very beautiful small tree..
I agree with … id as Magnolia liliiflora Desr. as per images herein.
Magnolia soulangeana Soul.-Bod. : 9 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (6)
Location: Godawari, Nepal
Date: 18 April 2018
Altitude: 5000 ft.
Nepali Name : निल कमल Nil Kamal
Perhaps Magnolia Liliiflora ? M.soulangeana does’nt have the same fruit i believe…
Initially I thought the same but while going through the label :
Or they might have wrongly labelled!
I also agree with …
Matches better with images at Magnolia liliiflora Desr.
rather than those of Magnolia soulangeana Soul.-Bod. (sepals are also different) at the following:
Yes …, the garden people have corrected it as Magnolia liliiflora Desr. Thank you … for pointing out.
4 June 2019