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One of the most ancient of flowering plants, noted for the relatively primitive structure of its flower. Magnolia leaves are first recorded from Dakota, USA, in the mid-Cretaceous. Magnolia paeopetala is a reconstruction, by E. E. Leppik, of a whole flower based on the earliest angiosperm petal ever found (also from the Dakota fossil flora).

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry — Earth Sciences and Geography.

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