Magnolia grandiflora rightly deserves its name. With a bloom as big as a cantaloupe, or even a football, this flower is grand indeed.
I have a suspicion that the Southern Magnolia (an evergreen) is not a true Arkansas wild tree-- though they may grow apart from human effort in the far south. I have no concrete evidence, I've simply never encountered one in the wild.
As a northern boy, I'd never seen a Magnolia till I moved, age 12 to Tulsa Oklahoma. Both it, and the Mimosa tree with its fibrous bloom, astonished me.
Turns out plenty of others are astonished too. I bet the Southern Magnolia and Calla Lilly fall just behind the rose as floral photo subjects, with Magnolia being a favored black and white subject. Beyond that, it makes a fine subject for the nose, with just a hint of pine.
NOTE: ID AR is now largely defunct. Flickr, Youtube, and Google Plus have taken over my photo world. I am keeping this here as a repository, and to help ME find the names of things.... So enjoy, but not much new here.
Welcome to ID Arkansas, your slowly growing identification guide to the weeds, trees, plants, wildflowers, flowers, flora and fauna of Arkansas, by the very debonair photographer, Kirk Jordan. (I had to say all those things for search engines).
My goal for this site is to blend science and asthetics in such a way that we might see, name, and delight in the things which God has made -- through artful yet highly-descriptive photographs. As for content, I am an amateur naturalist at best, and will readily take your corrections, additions, or submissions. Consider this a shared project. (And where you see incomplete posts and errors, consider the photographer way too busy!)
The dates on this site may or may not reflect the actual post dates (or photo dates). I plan to monkey with the dates by year, so that current blooming things display near top.
Beyond that, the SEARCH box in the upper-left corner, or the lables list below may help you find a specific thing. Try common names, colors, or other descriptive words to see if you find a match.
Unless otherwise noted, all pictures on this site are copywrited by photographer Kirk Jordan. If you wish to "borrow" a picture here or there for your non-commercial blog, you may do so with appropriate credit and link info.
Students and teachers may likewise use pictures for presentations (Credit: Kirk Jordan, ID Arkansas). In as much as these are low resolution scans, they make for pretty poor prints. I would gladly sell you a fine print at a reasonable price. For more info, contact Kirk at