Magnolias are no strangers to being featured on Botany Photo of the Day, but usually I wait until they are in bloom locally to feature them.
For local readers, it is perhaps hard to believe that this photograph was made on February 20 two years ago. I expect these will begin blooming sometime in late March or April after the weather of this winter.
Magnolia campbellii, or Campbell’s magnolia, is native to southeast Asia. It is particularly associated with the Himalayas.
In a 2016 revision of The Red List of Magnoliaceae, Magnolia campbellii was listed as a species of Least Concern. That it is not of conservation concern is itself rare within the group; the report concludes that only one in five species of Magnolia is not threatened(!).