Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Magnolia

Flower of the month - August 2018


KINGDOM:  Plantae

FAMILY:  Magnoliaceae

GENUS:  Magnolia

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 catrpels, heady with fruit scent so pleasing to a beetle's nose. Guardian

Guardian Magnolias are named after French botanist Pierre Magnol. Wikipedia 

Bring along your favourite for the Competition Table on Saturday.

Jane did an excellent presentation on Magnolias - you can see her presentation here.

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