Two species of deciduous trees. Leaves alternate, simple, broadly oblong, truncate at apex. Flowers terminal, solitary, "tulip-shaped", 3 outspread sepals and 6 upright petals (Some authorities do not distinguish between the sepals and petals and the parts are listed as 9 tepals.), numerous stamens. Fruit is cone-like, composed of numerous single-seeded, winged achenes. Native to eastern North America (L. tulipifera) and China, Indochina (L. chinense).
Liriodendron: from Greek, leiron, lily, and dendron, tree.
Magnoliaceae (Magnollia Family)