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Floral anatomy of the endemic Chinese species Magnolia decidua (Q.Y.Zheng) V.S.Kumar was studied in order to clarify its disputed relations within the family Magnoliaceae. Its most striking feature is a change in fl oral merosity, clearly demonstrated by the vasculature, the three perianth whorls being often pentamerous, while only the gynoecium might be considered as trimerous. Interestingly the androecium exhibits an intermediate condition, as the stamens are supplied by 15 vascular trunks, adoi:10.5252/a2010n1a3 fatcat:ta55c6aokvfbdn3r7fron237mq