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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 3/7/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 3/7/2013)
Genus MELIA L.
PlaceOfPublication Sp. P1. 384. 1753.
Synonym Azederach Mill., Gard. Dict. Abridg. ed. 4. 1754. Azedara Raf., Fl. Ludlov. 135. 1817.
Description Trees. Leaves alternate, pinnate or bipinnate, leaflets entire or, usually, dentate. Inflorescence an axillary panicle. Flowers purple, showy, 5- to 6-merous; petals con- torted, spreading; staminal tube cylindric, dilated above, 10- to 12-dentate, each tooth cleft; anthers 10-12, included; disk annular; ovary 3- to 6-celled; stigma 5- to 6-lobate; ovules 2 in each cell, superposed. Fruit a drupe enclosing a 1- to 6-celled stone; seeds usually solitary in each cavity; endosperm carnose; cotyledons foliaceous, radicle terete, superior.
Distribution Old World trees largely restricted to the tropics and subtropics.
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