The Magnolia tree is a magnificent tall tree with bright shiny leaves and large blossoms with the most amazing of all fragrances.

Native to South Eastern USA, this tree can grow upto 30 meters or 90 feet.

Him Champa ( Hindi), Magnolia ( English) ,Oothambal ( Manipuri) . Magnolia grandiflora ( Scientific name) .

This gorgeous Evergreen tree was spotted in Brentwood Sanctuary in Mussoorie in the Himalayas. A  gorgeous place , the swimming pool was fed by  cool mountain springs.

numerous buds
The tree with many fruits and shiny leaves

The name“Oothambal”  from the Northwestern Indian state of Manipur when translated means LOTUS ON THE TREE.

It is truly a wonderful  and apt name to the sweet fragrant flowers of the Magnolias.

What you see in the picture is not the blossom.

the young leaf and bud
Pink blush

The species “grandiflora” gives due recognition to the large blossoms of the Magnolia.

The Hindi name is also descriptive as it calls it Him Champa, the Champa of the Mountains ( Him) . Champa is a Frangipani native to India and also called Temple Flower.

There is also a species of Magnolia native to the Indian Subcontinent called Magnolia Champaca. The fragrance of this flower is simply enchanting . Do seek it out whenever you travel to this part of the world.

Unfortunately the tree had no flowers blooming so cannot share pictures of the gorgeous blossoms.

in the shadow
Cone like Fruit

I had assumed at the time I took these pictures that these large cone like structures adorning the tree in hundreds were buds.

However was proved wrong as I realized these are the fruits and will soon bear lovely red seeds. I had to change to captions as well .

The featured image has the the first Rays of the Morning Sun light up the gorgeous  pink fruit of THE TREE LOTUS.


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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

18 thoughts on “THE TREE LOTUS”

      1. I wish I could see and smell them, but they probably grow in countries where I never come to. As they are probably not hardy we cannot find them in Northern Germany and if they will be very rare and expensive.

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