One of my favorite flowers.
This detail of a southern magnolia flower was taken in the northshore are of the greater New Orleans area, in Covington, Louisiana, St. Tammany Parish.
Magnolia trees are a native, wild, hardwood species of the southern U.S., growing in mixed hardwood, bottomland swamps, in farm fields and along roadsides. The native species are hardy, with glossy evergreen foliage and large flowers that bloom around May of each year here in southeast Louisiana. Also a frequent addition as a landscape specimen, a 40’ tree covered with 1.5’ flowers can put on quite a show.
This photograph was taken of a flower on a smaller tree, possibly one of the new hybrid dwarf varieties that reach a height of only 20’. The flower is typical of the larger trees. This flower was approximately 15 inches wide. This photo has been cropped.