This family contains 12 genera and 220 species (Carr). Most of them area found in warm temperate areas in the northern hemisphere, of which most are in Asia or the eastern US. The magnolia tree (Magnolia grandiflora) has been associated with that of the deep south. It has large aromatic flowers that seem to smell like the peel of a grapefruit. Other important trees include the tulip tree and poplar (Liriodendron sp), and the banana shrub (Michelia sp. )
Woody trees and shrubs. Leaves simple and alternate. Deciduous stipule. Flowers are bisexual with 3 sepals and 6 to many petals. Stalk on stamen is short and broad. Gynocium - apocarpus. One carpel per pistel. One locule per pistil. 1-5 ovules per locule. Parietal placentation.
This family has an elongated floral axis with many stamen (bottom) and many individual pistils. This family usually has ethereal oils that make for flowers that smell really good.