Description from Flora of China
Magnolia kwangtungensis Merrill, J. Arnold Arbor. 8: 5. 1927; M. fordiana (Oliver) Hu var. kwangtungensis (Merrill) V. S. Kumar; M. moto (Dandy) V. S. Kumar; Manglietia fordiana Oliver var. kwangtungensis (Merrill) B. L. Chen & Nooteboom; M. moto Dandy.
Trees, to 20 m tall, to 60 cm d.b.h. Bark deep gray, with several lenticels transversely arranged or linked into pieces. Young twigs, vegetative buds, petioles, young leaf blades, and fruiting peduncles densely rust-colored tomentose. Stipules narrowly ovate, ca. 6 × 1.2 cm, ferruginous tomentose, scar narrowly triangular, ca. 1/3 as long as petiole. Petiole 2-4 cm, apical part narrowly furrowed; leaf blade obovate-elliptic, narrowly obovate-elliptic, or narrowly obovate, 12-25 × 4-8 cm, leathery, abaxially ferruginous tomentose especially along midvein, adaxially glabrous, secondary veins 10-15 on each side of midvein, base cuneate to broadly cuneate, apex acute to acuminate. Flowers fragrant. Peduncle 6-12 cm. Tepals 9, milky white; outer 3 tepals nearly oblong, 6.5-7.5 cm, leathery; middle 3 tepals obovate, 6.5-7 × 3.5-4 cm, thickly fleshy; inner 3 tepals obovate-spoon-shaped, 6-6.5 × 2-2.5 cm, thickly fleshy. Stamens red, 1.1-1.3 cm; connective exserted 1.5-2 mm, apex mucronate; anthers ca. 1 cm. Gynoecium ovoid, ca. 2 × 1.5 cm; basal carpels narrowly ellipsoid, 10-12 × ca. 3 mm (including style), dorsally 4-6-ridged, glabrous; apical carpels abaxially shallowly furrowed, apex sharply long acuminate; ovules 6-8 per carpel. Fruit ovoid, 5-7 × 3.5-6 cm; mature carpels abaxially tuberculate, apex with a 2-3 mm beak. Fl. May-Jun, fr. Aug-Dec.
This species is used for timber.
● Evergreen broad-leaved forests, on acidic yellow soil; 400-1200 m. S Fujian, Guangdong, W Guangxi, S Hunan.