Chinese Name: Yu-lan hua
Latin Name: Magnoliae Officinalis
Other names: Magnolia Denudata
Quotes from Chinese historical sources
THE BOOK OF TEA, MING DYNASTY, 1592AD: "The flowers of osmanthus, jasmine, rose, rose multiflora, orchid, lotus, tangerine, gardenia and wintersweet can all be used in tea. Pick the blossoms when they are just opening, so that the stamens retain all their aroma. Mix them with tea leaves, one part flowers to three of tea.