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The name Magnolia refers to any of
about 210 species of flowering plant. There have been
fossilized remains of Magnolia species found dating
back 95 million years, making the Magnolia an ancient
Magnolias are seen growing naturally
in many places around the Earth. Larger populations
are seen in North America, Asia and the West Indies,
and smaller populations can be seen in South America
and areas of Europe.
The tepals (the 'petal' types Magnolia's have) are
very tough, having evolved to withstand beetles. Since
Magnolias are so old, they developed before bees. Beetles
helped with pollination, and the Magnolias
are tough to withstand them.
The Magnolia is very popular in horticulture,
and have been crossbred with many species to produce
The Magnolia is the official
state flower of Louisiana and Mississippi.