Large-Flowered Magnolia Vine
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Large-Flowered Magnolia Vine
E Native Photo: Ushaprabha Page
Common name: Large-Flowered Magnolia Vine
Botanical name: Schisandra grandiflora    Family: Schisandraceae (Magnolia vine family)

Large-Flowered Magnolia Vine is a hairless climber with young branches lacking wings; leaf-bearing branches elongated. Flowers are borne singly in leaf-axils, flower-cluster-stalk 1.2-3.6 cm (male), 2-4.7 cm (female). Tepals are 6-9, white, cream-white, or sometimes pink-tinged, largest 0.7-1.5 x 0.7-1.5 cm. Males flowers have stamens 30-50, distinct; pollen 3-colpate. Female flowers have carpels 67-120. Leaf-stalks are 1.1-3 cm; leaf blade elliptic, 6.5-13 x 2-5 cm, papery, not glaucous, secondary veins (4 or)5 or 6(-8) on each side of midvein, base wedge-shaped, narrowed, or rarely broadly wedge-shaped, margin finely toothed to rarely subentire, tip shortly to long tapering. Large-Flowered Magnolia Vine is found in broad-leaved forests, coniferous forests, mixed forests, thickets, at altitudes of 1800-3300 m, in the Himalayas, China, Bhutan, Nepal. Flowering: April-June.

Identification credit: Ushaprabha Page Photographed above Yuksum, Sikkim.

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