Photograph - Color Photograph
This is a close-up of one of the unopened flowers of a Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana). This hybrid was first developed in France in the 1820's by plantsman Étienne Soulange-Bodin. It's cultivation has since spread throughout other parts of Europe, and also into North America, where this one was photographed, in Maryland.
March 28th, 2012
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