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Magnolia caveana (Hook. f. & Thomson) Raju & Nayar in Indian J. Bot. 3: 170. 1980. Manglietia caveana Hook. f. & Thomson, Fl. Ind. 76. 1855 & in Fl. Brit. India 1: 42.1872.


Asm.: Pana-sopa, Phul-sopa; Kh.: Larsaj-kyntheri.

Large trees; trunks ca 3 m in circumference at breast height. Leaves oblong-elliptic or ovate-oblong, rounded or obtuse at base, obtuse or mucronate at apex, 10 - 22 x 5 - 9 cm, coriaceous, shiny above, glaucous beneath; lateral nerves 10 - 15 pairs; petioles 3 - 5 cm long; stipules very sparingly rusty silky pubescent. Flowers 10 - 15 cm across, white, fragrant. Sepals 3, dull red with green veins, 5 - 7.5 cm long. Petals 9, gradually narrower inwards, white, fleshy. Stamens ca 30, ca 1 cm long, narrow, finely pointed. Carpels numerous, congested, each with 6 ovules. Fruit ovoid, ca 6 x 4.5 cm; ripe carpels dehiscent along dorsal suture. Seeds red, ca 2 cm long.

Fl. & Fr. March - July.

Distrib. India: N.E. India, up to 900 m. Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland and Meghalaya.

Endemic.




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