Magnolia champaca (L.) Baill. ex Pierre

Large tree in the wild, medium size in cultivation. Branchlets and stipules hairy. Leaves elliptic to ovate, 10-30 cm long, 4-10 cm wide, base wedge shaped or rounded, vein pairs 14-23. Leaf stalk 1.5-3.5 cm long. Flowers pale yellow becoming orange, strongly fragrant, perianth segments 15, 2-4.5 cm long; summer to mid autumn. Carpels about 30 together on a common stalk 3-5 mm long.

India to China &Indonesia

Frost tender when young.

The source of champac and sapu oils distilled from the flowers and used in perfumery in Asia; the leaves are fed to silkworms (as well as the traditional Morus, Mulberry, leaves). The flowers are used as offerings in religious ceremonies.

Yellow to orange flowers.

Specimens?NSW: Sydney, Darling Harbour (Chinese Garden). VIC: Melbourne (Royal Bot. Gds, Director's Tunnel, ptd c. 1984).

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Magnoliaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press. (as Michelia champaca)

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Magnolianae
order      Magnoliales
family       Magnoliaceae
genus        Magnolia L.