Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Magnolia dealbata

This magnolia is not like the ones I am used to: the deciduous ones with furry leaves and evergreen ones with leathery leaves. This one is briefly deciduous and has large thin leaves. In traditional Mexican folk medicine, this tree was used as a tranquilizer and anticonvulsant. Studies on mice in 2006 confirm that an extract of the plant has exactly those actions. Very pretty. I wonder why I don't see it in gardens around here.

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