Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) is one of our best-traveled Southeastern U.S. natives. I've seen it planted almost everywhere we've traveled (in Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa).
The fruits and seeds are quite interesting. They're an 'aggregrate' fruit, which means that the seeds are produced in a cluster of scale-like structures encasing the fleshy seeds, which are relished by songbirds.
The fleshy fruit is rich in lipids.