champaca, champak; Sonchaaphaa
Plains and low terrain, INDIA
Seed Collection period
Very Short Lived (1-6 Months)
Timber, Fuel, Ornamental, Boards, Furniture, Plywood.
Magnolia champaca a tall, evergreen tree, usually up to 30 m. in height and 3.5 m in girth, with a clean cylindrical bole up to 20 m long, found in eastern Himalayas, north-east India and western ghats. It is cultivated throughout Indian in gardens and near temples for its fragrant flowers and handsome foliage. Bark gey or brownish; leaves ovate to lanceolate, coriaceous; flowers usually axillary, solitary, yellow or orange fragrant; fruit 5-10 cm. long; ripe carpels ovoid or ellipsoid, woody; seeds brown, angular, with pink fleshy aril.