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2009-04-13 00:13:00're right, I should have added that the deciduous magnolias bloom before the leaves come out. - The study of common names would be so extensive in just one country let alone a few... And the differences between BritE and Am.E in general can be a source of merriment at times, as I learned when, after having learned Brit.E, I moved to the USA for a few years... many a tale I could tell, heh.
2009-04-12 23:54:29
You are absolutely right about the confusion wrought by common names....and that extends to all sorts of things besides plants..depending on where you are here in the 'States a burlap bag may be called a tow sack, a 'tater sack,a croaker sack, or a burlap bag...where I grew up we called Cokes and Dr Pepper and such 'soda water' other parts of the country they're called 'soda pop' or just plain 'pop' or in parts of New England, 'tonic'...there're even published guides to the regional dialects and vocabularies of Texas....and while I doubt not that some Magnolias bloom before they leaf out, the Southern Magnolia, Magnolia grandiflora, is an evergreen, with big shiney leaves on it all year one in my backyard ...fervently hoping it will survive..lots of plants and trees were killed by the salt water emersion last September...others, like Hibiscus, never missed a beat...and yep,there was such a movie, but I didn't see it...
2009-04-12 23:12:32
The magnolias bloom before the leaves come out. Tulip trees are in full leaf when they flower. - The same plant or flower can be called by different names in different (English-speaking) countries, and even in different parts of a country, which is the reason why there is so much confusion about the names. When in doubt, find out the Latin name, and then you'll know what's what. I recently translated a nature book from my language to English and had one helluva fight with the authors as I insisted on adding the Latin names to the flora and fauna. Brit.E and Am.E have huge variances in the plant (and even animal) names, and if there are no Latin names, either the Brits or the Americans will be left fluttering in the wind, so to speak. I guess it would be safe to say that plants are my first love in nature, and birds come second. ;-) Thanks for the flu remedy...I don't have burbon handy, but will Renault Carte Noire Extra do? - Wasn't there a movie called Steel Magnolias?
2009-04-12 22:30:50
Okay...sounds like you know what you're talkin' about...but if you say 'Magnolia' anywhere in the Southern US, people will assume that you're referring to the large, white, and exotically perfumed flower..or tree.....there's also something called a 'Steel Magnolia'..that term describes a type of Southern lady who, beneath her charm and gracious manners, is as hard as nails and tough as an old boot.....and let me recommend my Poppa's flu rememdy...a tablespoon of bourbon and sugar every half won't cure you but you won't care if you're sick or not..
2009-04-12 21:54:44
This belongs to the Magnoliaceae family, genus Magnolia. The tulip tree, although also of the Magnoliaceae family, belongs to the genus Liriodendron.
2009-04-12 21:33:01
This isn't what we call a Magnolia in the Southern US...looks like what we call a Tulip Tree..