Magnolia zenii (Magnoliaceae)

Magnolia zenii, or the Zen Magnolia, produces large, fragrant flowers and as an early bloomer, it’s buds are often a herald of spring. Very little is known about this species and it has only been recorded in one location – on the northern slope of Mount Bauhua in the Jiangsu Province in China. It is classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List, but the sources of its threats are unknown. Regardless, fewer than 20 individuals are in the wild and no regeneration is currently observed in the wild. While the species is found in a provincial park, this tree does not receive any specific government protection.