Distribution: Temperate northern hemisphere with high Asian diversity - 2 genera with 4 species in Texas.
Significant features: leaves are simple,
alternate, and stipulate with the
fugacious (falling early) and
leaving a stipule scar that circles the
at the node (distinctive vegetative feature of the family). Flowers shoot-like,
i.e., with numerous, separate parts on an elongate receptacle.
|Liriodendron tulipfera - shoot with stipules (upper leaves)||Magnolia grandiflora - flower from the side at anthesis with perianth deployed, anthers releasing pollen, and carpels (coiled stigmas) receptive||Magnolia
grandiflora - with apocarpous
red=androecium) well past anthesis
styles of each carpel withering
||Magnolia grandiflora - with apocarpous gynoecium maturing to form an aggregate of follicles - mature ovules (seeds) offered to dispersers by hanging on a thin funiculus|
More information on the Magnoliaceae