This is a follow-up photograph to last year’s BPotD on Magnolia delavayi (or Delavay’s magnolia). Peter Wharton [former curator of the Asian Garden, now deceased–note added 2018] described the plant in a comment accompanying that entry, so I’ll direct you there if you’d like to read more.
Last week, the garden received a paper-copy of the 2007 Red List of Magnoliaceae [link goes to 2016 version–updated 2018], published jointly by Fauna & Flora International and Botanic Gardens Conservation International. From a global list of 245 magnolia species, over half are identified as being in danger of extinction in the wild (including Magnolia delavayi). The list makes for very sobering reading, particularly as it is difficult to imagine a scenario whereby changes are made to prevent the loss of many of these species.