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 sororum is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 30 metres tall. The bole is straight and cylindrical[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its excellent quality wood, which is traded[
The plant is classified as 'Near Threatened' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
C. America - Panama to southern Mexico.
Cloud forests at elevations from 1,000 - 3,000 metres[
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The heartwood is olive-green when freshly cut, becoming light yellowish-brown to greenish-brown sometimes with a purplish tinge upon exposure, purple, dark brown, or nearly black streaks are common; the wide band of sapwood is white to greenish when first cut, darkening somewhat on exposure. The texture is fine and uniform; the grain straight to interlocked; lustre is low to moderate; there is no distinctive odour or taste. The heartwood is rated durable to highly durable with respect to deterioration by both white-rot and brown-rot fungi, but vulnerable to dry-wood termite attack. The wood is easy to air season, drying rapidly with no or slight warp and checking. It saws and machines easily, however in planing there may be considerable tearing where grain is irregular. It is used for utility veneer and plywood, millwork, furniture and cabinet work, general interior and exterior construction, boat planking, and turnery[
The wood is of excellent quality and is used for the construction of furniture, cabinets, windows, floors, luxury and interior trim[
The trunks and branches are the main parts used for combustible fuelwood, charcoal and construction materials for handicraft and timber[
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