16. Magnolia hodgsonii (J.D. Hooker & Thomson) H. Keng

This large magnolia is native from Central Nepal to Northern Burma eastwards to Thailand and Yunnan. Its name commemorates Brian Hodgson, a nineteenth-century naturalist and scholar of Buddhism (another plant named for him, Rhododendron hodgsonii, can be seen as Number 45 of the Trail). In Nepal the wood of this tree is used for making the handles of kukris (knives used by the Gurkhas), and in India for tea boxes, toys, cheap musical instruments and for the backs of furniture.

Hand coloured lithograph by W.H. Fitch, after anonymous Indian watercolour, from J.D. Hooker’s Illustrations of Himalayan Plants (1855)

     

     

    RBGE Living Collections Accession Factsheet
    Accession Number:19390203
    Scientific Name:Magnolia hodgsonii (Hook.f. & Thomson) H.Keng
    Family:Magnoliaceae
    Genus:Magnolia
    Epithet:hodgsonii
    Plant:19390203A
    Location:/Living Collections/Inverleith/G16/0190
    Plant:19390203B
    Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
    19390203A.jpg
     Location: 55.96658766,-3.207380483