- Leaves simple, alternate, entire, with stipules.
- Aromatic odor.
- Large white flowers with 6 free petals solitary at twig tips.
- Fruit cone-like with small, individually dehiscing, 1-seeded follicles.
Diagnosis: Trees, with stipules, leaves simple, alternate, entire. 1. Stipule fused to petiole leaving a long scar on petiole when lost (Talauma). 2. Long, ficus-like deciduous stipule leaves a circular scar on twig, leaf pale blue-white below (Magnolia).
Diversity: Total: 2 genera, 2 species. Trees: 2 genera, 2 species.