Magnolia x soulangiana

The pink magnolia tree on the street outside our house has been cropped into a rather unfortunate blocky shape in an effort to keep it from obstructing the sidewalk.  Nevertheless, the buds it produces  this time of year are awfully pretty.  The mix of fuzzy, smooth, and knobbly textures on the sepals, petals, and twigs always makes me want to grab a pencil, so…

Buds on an Magnolia soulangiana twig.

Here’s the source material, picked fresh off the tree:

The same buds in original, 3D, metabolically-active color.

I hadn’t been aware of any pharmaceutical utility for magnolias, but a browse through pubmed yielded some interesting applications for magnolol and honokiol, so stay tuned for more details on Monday.

(Update: oops! Tuesday.  Sorry…I fell a little behind)

Have a great weekend, internets!

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