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.
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