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Meliaceae Juss., nom. cons.
the white cedar family
The name of the type genus Melia is derived from the Greek word μελια (melia), the ash tree, with reference to the similarity of the leaves. The name originally came from the word for honey, μελι (meli), as several species of Ash have sweet sap. These are mostly trees, native to tropical and sub-tropical regions. They are usually dioecious. Leaves are alternate, usually 1-pinnate (though rarely simple or 2 or 3-pinnate), margins mostly entire. The inflorescences are usually axillary panicles. There is much variation in the flowers. The fruit may be a capsule, a berry, a drupe or rarely a nut, and the seeds are sometimes winged.
Aglaia elaeagnoidea - Priyangu
Aglaia roxburghiana (syn.) - Priyangu
Azadirachta indica - Neem
Melia azedarach - White Cedar
Swietenia mahagoni - West Indian Mahogany
Turraea pubescens - Native Witch-hazel
Photograph © Donald Simpson 2009
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