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Plants in our sales nursery – Michelia champaca

June 17, 2010

In some parts of India, Michelia champaca is considered the symbol of Lakshmi, the wife of Vishnu (i.e. Rama, i.e. the King of Thailand). Lakshmi (M. champaca) is the embodiment of  beauty, grace and charm. Lowlifes like humans are not even allowed to step on her shadow. Cutting her down? What a revolting thought!

There are many magnolias in Thailand. M. champaca is one famous species which used to be common in the dry woodlands around Dokmai Garden in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It is an ironwood, which is its curse. The value of the wood is so high that no farmer would leave a tree uncut. You will only see this tree at temple grounds, private gardens, resorts or deep inside national parks.

Its beautiful yellow flowers are fragrant, and it has odd-looking, almost gall-like, fruits.

Michelia is a genus of magnolias with flowers in the leaf axils, and with slim petals. Recent molecular studies of the DNA does not support this division into two genera, why it is more correct to call all species Magnolia. However, since the name Michelia tells you something about the characters of the flower, it is still useful.

Since we wish to promote beauty, grace and charm, we sell seedlings for 30 Baht only.

Eric Danell

I need a button for inserting fragrance!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. jayakrishna permalink
    May 24, 2011 9:19 AM

    Hi, I live in chicago, U.S.A . Can you ship Michelia champaka plants to me. Let me know. Aru

    • May 24, 2011 12:24 PM

      Dear Magnolia lover,

      We are so sorry, but we do not export plants.

      Kind regards, Ketsanee Seehamongkol

  2. June 6, 2011 12:51 PM

    We call this flower Sampenga in Telugu. The orange vareity is called ‘Simhachalam Sampenga’ .Simhachalam is a place in Andhra Pradesh, where there is a temple of an avatsr(manifestation) of Vishnu. We have another version, which has green flowerswhich is simply called sampenga. I have made a mention of these plants in my post, The Queen’s Brother and the Dynasty’s ancestor’ on my blog.

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