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Thank you for the ID suggestion! I thought it was rather striking when I found this twig with the flower still attached.
This is one of my favorite trees. There are only two like it in the world: the only other species in its genus is found in China and Vietnam. It's in the magnolia family, and its leaves are distinctive with their four deep lobes. It's truly a wonderful and beautiful tree. You're lucky to live within its range!
Spotted on Apr 26, 2010 Submitted on Mar 8, 2011
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