Magnolias are deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs. The leaves are undivided, aromatic when crushed, and alternately arranged. There is a stipule growing beneath the point where the leaf attaches to the stem, though it may fall off as the growing season progresses. The leaf blades are without teeth and are usually unlobed. The large flowers are grow singly on stalks from the ends of branches. The tepals are in 3 or more whorls of 3 and attach below the ovary, as do the many stamens. There are numerous carpels, each with 1 style and stigma. The fruit is a collection of woody follicles that resembles a cone. Individual seeds may be winged.
This Family’s Genera in New England:
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