Magnolia cordata Michaux
Yellow cucumbertree is one of the rare members of the Mag-
nolia Family, its range being confined to the State of Georgia. This
species has had a peculiar history, having been discovered by Michaux
in the course of his famous exploration trips in this country in the
latter part of the eighteenth century, then being lost to science for a
long period, and rediscovered in the wild in recent years.
A fine specimen on the grounds of the Department of Agricul-
ture in Washington always draws much attention, especially when
adorned with its showy blossoms. The flowers resemble somewhat
those of the tuliptree, which indeed is a close relative, but the cu-
cumbertree flowers earlier in the season.
The specimen sketched was given me by the Honorable Henry C.
Wallace, at that time Secretary of Agriculture.
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