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Magnolia grandiflora


Named by botanist Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778) after botanist Pierre Magnol (1638-1715).[1][2] +‎ -ia

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Magnolia f

  1. A taxonomic genus within the family Magnoliaceae – the magnolias.




  1. ^ Erhardt, Walter & Götz, Erich & Bödeker, Nils & Seybold, Siegmund, Zander. Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen. Dictionary of plant names. Dictionnaire des noms de plantes, Ulmer, 2000.
  2. ^ Hyam, Roger & Pankhurst, Richard, Plants and their Names. A Concise Dictionary, Oxford University Press, US, 1995.

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  1. A female given name, one of the less common flower names invented in the 19th century.
    • 1971 P.G. Wodehouse, Much Obliged, Jeeves, Barrie and Jenkins 1971, page 24:
      "Nobody could have a name like Magnolia."
      "They could if they came from South Carolina, as she did. In the southern states of America you can't throw a brick without hitting a Magnolia."
  2. A city in Arkansas, USA, and county seat of Columbia County.
  3. A town in Delaware
  4. A village in Illinois
  5. A city in Iowa
  6. A town in Minnesota
  7. A city in Mississippi, and county seat of Pike County.
  8. A borough in New Jersey
  9. A town in North Carolina
  10. A village in Ohio
  11. A city in Texas
  12. An unincorporated community in West Virginia
  13. A town in Wisconsin