Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

March 27, 2011

Magnolia Grandiflora

Filed under: Black and White,Flowers,Huia — paul @ 6:47 am
Magnolia Grandiflora

Magnolia Grandiflora

The flowering season for Magnolia Grandiflora is reaching its end. The flower above has already lost all its stamen, dispersed by the wind, with only the spirals of scars showing on the stem. Numerous pistils at the top, which then develops into the seedpod (and can remain dried up at the end of the branch for a number of seasons).

Magnolia grandiflora is a fairly common tree in the Auckland region, with some trees growing in the wild. Flowers are huge (how else could you explain the name? — up to 30 cm diameter) and very showy, and the tree itself has a size to match. Leaves are a shiny green on top, with a furry rust-brown underside, very decorative. The plant is native to the southeastern USA.

For more black and white images check out Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White.

Magnolia Grandiflora, Seedpod

Magnolia Grandiflora, Seedpod


  1. Stunning

    Comment by John B — March 27, 2011 @ 7:03 am

  2. I like the way you show two photos – the subject deserves it!
    The huge size of the flower in the first photo is spectacular.

    Comment by Dragonstar — March 27, 2011 @ 7:14 am

  3. Nice shots of these magnolias, Paul. Another day, can you show them again in colour, please.

    Comment by Bill — March 28, 2011 @ 1:51 am

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