Egg Magnolia
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Egg Magnolia
ative Photo: Thangjam Hindustani
Common name: Egg Magnolia • Hindi: हिम चम्पा Him Champa • Manipuri: ꯎꯊꯝꯕꯥꯜ ꯍꯉꯥꯝꯄꯥꯜ Oothambal hangampal • Kannada: ಮೊಟ್ಟೆಸಂಪಿಗೆ Motte sampige
Botanical name: Magnolia liliifera    Family: Magnoliaceae (Magnolia family)
Synonyms: Magnolia candollei, Magnolia pumila, Magnolia andamanica

Egg Magnolia is a medium size tree with large velvet leaves and fragrant yellowish off-white flowers about 4-5" wide. It is found in North-East India - Assam, Manipur, Sikkim. Before opening, buds have an egg shape, hence the common name. One of the most valuable ornamental fragrant trees of Asia. A highly valued fragrant flower of this small tree or shrub resembles Dwarf Magnolia flower, but the scent is much stronger. Leaves are large, 7-9 inches long and 4 inches wide. Can be grown in container in a well-lit spot. Egg Magnolia is similar to Dwarf Magnolia, as both species have those egg shaped flowerbuds, but Dwarf Magnolia flowers are white.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Imphal, Manipur.

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