Melia azedarach (White Cedar) (Meliaceae)

Melia azedarach

It is always nice to get to know a species which is the type species of the genus itself. This means that this species was the first species that was described for the genus. Moreover, Melia itself is the type genus for the mahogany family (Meliaceae). And it was Linnaeas himself that named the species. So this humble tree growing along roadsides and forested areas is a historically significant tree indeed! It’s not always just a humble wayside tree. I’ve read that the White Cedar can grow to 45m or so in rainforest. Would love to see that!

Melia azedarach (White Cedar)

White Cedar can easily be recognized by the 2-4 times pinnate leaves, and the leaflets with toothed margins. The purple flowers are absolutely glorious. Being a close relative of the famous neem tree (Azadirachta indica), the White Cedar appears to have a few pharmacological and insecticidal properties itself. Very impressive indeed.

Melia azedarach

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About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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