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An individual instance of Magnolia macrophylla (bigleaf magnolia)
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This small tree is located between the Divinity School and Garland Hall on the Divinity School side of the sidewalk.

Big leaf magnolia has flowers similar to the other magnolias and are among the largest of magnolia species.  The white petals have a series of small purple lines near their base.  Another obvious characteristic are the enormous leaves, which give this tree its common name.  The fruits are typical for magnolias: cone-like with purse-like chambers that open to allow the red seeds to hang out.  The leaf scars go all the way around the twig, as is typical for members of the magnolia family.

Big leaf magnolia is found in middle Tennessee, but is not common.  It is most likely to be seen in ravines and along streams in the Cumberland Plateau.

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This organism is a living specimen that is part of the  Vanderbilt University Arboretum  with the local identifier 2-242.

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Magnolia macrophylla


sec. 1993

common name: bigleaf magnolia
family: Magnoliaceae
Identified 2002-05-14 by Steven J. Baskauf


Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, US
Click on these geocoordinates to load a map showing the location: 36.14647°, -86.80127°
Coordinate uncertainty about: 10 m.

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whole tree (or vine) - general
bark - of a medium tree or large branch
twig - close-up winter leaf scar/bud
twig - close-up winter terminal bud
leaf - whole upper surface
leaf - margin of upper + lower surface
leaf - showing orientation on twig
leaf - showing orientation on twig
leaf - showing orientation on twig
inflorescence - lateral view of flower
inflorescence - frontal view of flower
fruit - as borne on the plant
fruit - as borne on the plant
fruit - section or open 1993 =

Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds., 1993. Flora of North America North of Mexico. Flora of North America Association, New York, NY, US and Oxford, UK.

Metadata last modified: 2015-10-10T17:16:00.288-05:00
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