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  Magnolia x alba (DC.) Figlar
  Family Name : Magnoliaceae

  Synonyms : Michelia x alba

  Common Names : White Chempaka, Cempaka Putih, White Champaca, Chempaka Puteh, Chempak

White Chempaka,Cempaka Putih,White Champaca,Chempaka Puteh,Chempak
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Growth Form :
      Tree (Medium (16m-30m))
      Maximum Height :
      30 m
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Foliage: Leaves are simple, elliptical, in alternate arrangement. They are yellowish green in colour, with white spots on both young stems and petioles.
      Flowers: Has waxy, long and narrow tepals surrounding the green pistil. Flowers are white or cream in colour, about 5cm in diameter. They are strongly scented, especially after dark. The flowers retain their fragrance even after being picked.
      [Others]: An evergreen medium-sized tree, shown to be growing relatively fast under local conditions. Able to reach a height of 30m given optimal conditions. Trunk has smooth and silvery grey bark. A hybrid of M. champaca L. and M. montana Blume. Propagation:Propagated by air-layering, from seeds or cuttings. Seeds require scarification before sowing. Fresh seeds have to be collected from naturally ripened fruits, and sown immediately as they rapidly lose viability.
      Cultivation :
      Prefers sandy and well-drained soil. Like most tropical members of the Magnoliaceae family, it grows best in acidic soil, from pH6.5 down to as acidic as pH5.6. It requires full sun and moderate watering, and does not tolerate over-watering.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers, Fragrant
      Landscape Uses :
      Roadside Tree / Palm
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Associated Fauna :
      Caterpillar Food Plant
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
  • Foliar
    • Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Leaf Area Index (LAI) * for Green Plot Ratio :
      3.0 (Tree - Intermediate Canopy)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower Colour(s) :

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