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Asian tree of the magnolia family (Magnoliaceae). Lustrous leaved, pyramidal, and about 30 metres (100 feet) tall, the mature plant bears fragrant, star-shaped yellow flowers, which are the source of champac perfume and of a yellow dye. It is often grown as a boulevard tree in the tropics and is frequently planted on Hindu temple grounds because it is considered sacred to the god Vishnu. The tree has smooth gray bark, oval-shaped 25-cm- (10-inch-) long evergreen leaves, and 6.5-cm (2.5-inch) yellow-to-orange, narrow-petaled flowers that bloom in spring and fall. Scarlet or brown seeds cluster along its long stalk. Champac wood takes a good polish and is used for making boats, drums, and religious images. In India, however, where it is revered, the tree is rarely cut. A related species, Magnolia compressa, is a 12-metre (39-foot) Japanese tree with 2.5-cm (1-inch) fragrant yellow flowers