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  Melia azedarach
  Citation:  Melia azedarach L., Sp. Pl. 384. 1753; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 544. 1875; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 176(126). 1915; Antony, Syst. Stud. Fl. Kottayam Dist. 101. 1989; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 134. 1997; S.S. Jain & S.S.R. Bennet in Hajra et al., Fl. India 4: 494. 1997; Anil Kumar et al., Fl. Pathanamthitta 119. 2005; N.C. Nair & N.P. Balakr. in P. Daniel, Fl. Kerala 1: 655. 2005; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 168. 2009; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 213. 2009.
  Malayalam Name(s): Malaveppu, Kattuveppu, Valiyaveppu
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Bead tree, Indian Lilac, Persian lilac, Pride of India, White Cedar
  Description: Trees, to 20 m high; bark grey. Leaves bipinnate, alternate, estipulate; rachis 24-34 cm long, slender, scurfy tomentose, swollen at the base; pinnae 3-5, 4.5-7 cm, opposite, slender, scurfy tomentose; leaflets 3-11, opposite or subopposite; petiolule 1-4 mm long, slender, scurfy tomentose; lamina 3-6.7 x 1-3 cm, ovate-obovate, ovate, obovate or oblong, base oblique, truncate or attenuate, apex acuminate, margin irregularly serrate, chartaceous, scurfy puberulent; lateral nerves 6-12 pairs, parallel, slender, faint, intercostae reticulate, faint. Flowers bisexual, lilac, ca. 1 cm across, in axillary panicles to 15 cm long; pedicels to 2 mm; calyx lobes 5, 1.5 mm, ovate, pubescent without; petals 5, 8 x 3 mm, lanceolate, glabrescent; disc annular; staminal tube 7 mm, dark purple, striate, puberulous, 10-toothed; stamens 10; ovary superior, 1 mm, 5-celled; ovules 2 in each cell; style attenuate, to 3 mm; stigma capitate. Fruit a drupe, 2 x 1 cm, globose, glabrous; seed one.
  Habit: Tree
  Flowering & Fruiting: May-December
  District(s): All Districts
  Medicinal: Yes
  Habitat: Grown as avenue tree
  Distribution: Tropical Asia, Australia and Africa
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Violet, White
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: Yes
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Localities: Peechi, Tiruvalla, Karumudi, Edathala, Kanjirakadavu
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