Magnoliaceae (Magnolia) Family
Plant is a tree with a straight trunk and narrow crown of short, upright to spreading branches. The tree height may be 60 to 80 feet with a trunk diameter of two feet. Its preferred habitat is moist soils, slopes and valleys in mixed forests. Distribution is occasional in the Escambia region.
The leaves are alternate on the stem, consisting of one whole part (simple) with short leaf stalks. The leaf shape is elliptic to ovate, no teeth and no lobes with pointed tips. The leaf base is cuneate (wedge-shaped) to slightly cordate (heart-shaped).
The flower is solitary at the tip of new stem growth. Each flower is bi-sexual in nature and symmetrical in form. There are three sepals and normally no more than six petals of off-white to yellow.
Fruit is an aggregate of follicles.
The common name refers to the shape of the fruit and the Latin species name refers to the pointed leaves.