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[
Magnolia subulifera (Dandy) Figlar
Michelia mediocris Dandy
Michelia rubriflora M.H.Law & R.Z.Zhou
Michelia subulifera Dandy
Magnolia mediocris is a tree growing up to 30 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be up to 100cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its seed, which is used locally as a medicine and spice, and for its timber.
E. Asia - southern China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand.
Primary and secondary tropical and subtropical forests; at elevations up to 1,000 metres[
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Requires a sunny position[
A rather fast growing species[
Natural regeneration is good under thin forest cover[
The seeds are used as a spice[
The seeds are used as a medicine to treat fevers and stomach-aches[
The heartwood is brownish-yellow; clearly demarcated from the yellowish-beige sapwood. The wood is very hard, texture fine, easy to work[
]. It is used for construction, boats, and making furniture[[
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