Results of DNA analysis in various studies (see, for example, R.B. Figlar & H.P. Nooteboom, Blumea 49: 87-100. 2004) have supported the concept that the various genera comprising the subfamily Magnolioideae would be more consistently treated as a single genus, Magnolia. This is the treatment followed here, though it is still not universally accepted[
Michelia balansae (A.DC.) Dandy
Michelia baviensis Finet & Gagnep.
Michelia tonkinensis A.Chev.
Magnolia balansae is a tree growing up to 20 metres tall. The straight bole can be up to 60cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for the local use of its seed (food flavouring) and timber[
E. Asia - southern China, Vietnam.
Primary and secondary tropical and subtropical forests, at elevations below 1,000 metres[
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A shade tolerant plant[
]. Prefers a deep, fertile, moist soil[
A slow-growing tree[
Natural regeneration is good under thin forest cover[
The seeds are used as a spice[
The heartwood is brown, clearly demarcated from the brownish-yellow sapwood. The timber is very hard, texture fine, aromatic, grain fine, resistant to termites and insects. It is used for construction, making furniture and art articles[
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