Magnolia (19 images)
The magnolia grandifora is known as the southern magnolia, an evergreen that can grow up to fifteen metres in subtropical climates. Its giant white flowers open in the mornings and close at nightfall for two to three days. When all the stamens shed, the flowers reopen before turning brown and disintegrating, leaving a conical seedpod containing large blood red seeds. When the pod opens, the seeds fall and hang by gossamer threads swinging like pendulums waiting for the elements to snap them...