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L0035354 White magnolia blossom and seed pod, 1731
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Illustration showing white magnolia blossom (Magnolia altifima) and its seed pod.
This is the laurel tree of Carolina and displays its fragrant blossoms from May till November. On the surface of the fruit are many little protuberances, in each of which lies a single seed, covered with a red film. In August, when the fruit is ripe, the seeds are discharged although they do not fall immediately to the ground but hang suspended by small white threads. The tree is native to Florida and South Carolina.
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18th Century The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands: containing the figures of birds, beasts, fishes, serpents, insects, and plants: particularly the forest-trees, shrubs, and other plants, not hitherto described, or very incorrectly figured by authors. Together with their descriptions in English and French. To which are added observations on the air, soil, and waters: with remarks upon agriculture, grain, pulse, roots, &c. To the whole, is prefixed a new and correct map of the countries treated of /
Mark Catesby
Published: 1731-1743.

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