- Scientific Name: Magnolia figo var. skinneriana (Dunn) Noot.
- Ref: Fl. China 7:49. 2008
- Synonyms: Michelia amoena Q.F.Zheng & M.M.Lin; M. linyaoensis D.C.Zhang & S.B.Zhou; M. skinneriana Dunn
- English Common Name: improved banana shrub, Skinner’s banana magnolia
- Chinese Common Name: 野含笑 yě∙hánxiào
- Family: Magnoliaceae
- Genus: Magnolia
- Distribution: Forests, ravines, slopes; below 1200 m. Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hunan, Jiangxi, Zhejiang.
- Photo: 04/24/2015, Zijingang Campus, Zhejiang University
Trees, to 15 m tall. Young twigs, buds, petioles, leaf blade midrib abaxially, and peduncles densely brown villous. Bark grayish white, smooth. Stipular scars as long as petiole. Petiole 2-4 mm; leaf blade narrowly obovate-elliptic, oblanceolate, or narrowly elliptic, 5-11(-14) × 1.5-3.5(-4) cm, leathery, abaxially sparsely brown villous, adaxially dark green and glossy, secondary veins 10-13 on each side of midvein, reticulate veins sparse and prominent on both surfaces when dry, base cuneate, apex long caudate-acuminate. Flowers fragrant. Peduncle slender. Tepals 6, pale yellow, obovate, 1.6-2 cm; outer tepals with brown trichomes at base. Stamens 6-10 mm; connective exserted into a ca. 0.5 mm mucro; anthers 4-5 mm, latrorse. Gynophore 4-7 mm, with dense brown trichomes; gynoecium ca. 6 mm; carpels with dense brown trichomes. Fruit 4-7 cm, usually curved or shortened due to carpels partly undeveloped; peduncle slender; mature carpels black, globose to ellipsoid, 1-1.5 cm, beak mucronate. Fl. May-Jun, fr. Aug-Sep. 2n = 38*. (Flora of China)
04/24/2015, Zijingang Campus, Zhejiang University