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Magnolia villosa


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Tree
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Plant Shape Irregular
Maximum Height 18 m


Native Distribution Sumatra, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, and Borneo
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Native to Singapore (Critically Endangered (CR))

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Magnolia villosa is a tree up to 18 m tall.
Foliage Its alternate, stalked leaves have leaf blades that are usually oval, 19–50 by 7.5–20 cm, and densely woolly on both surfaces when young.
Flowers Its white flowers are large, with densely woolly, soft hairs covering its flower stalks.
Fruit Its fruits are 10 by 6 cm.
Habitat It grows in primary forest, up to 1000 m altitude. 
Associated Fauna Its flowers are insect-pollinated.
Cultivation It can be propagated by seed.
Etymology Latin Magnolia, commemorating Pierre Magnol (1638–1715), a French professor of botany; Latin villosus, covered with soft hair, referring to the flower stalk

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Cream / Off-White

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Master ID 33053
Species ID 7467
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Species record last updated on: 20 August 2021.