I took this photo of a the magonolia tree a few days ago. I really love the flowers that bloom on this tree. It is always a pleasant surprise for me to see them.
According to Wikipedia, the
Magnolia is an ancient genus. Having evolved before bees appeared, the flowers developed to encourage pollination by beetles.
In parts of Japan the large leaves are used for wrapping food, and also as a makeshift dish to grill meat.
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