Melia

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Trees or shrubs, usually deciduous, with simple and stellate-tufted hairs. Leaves spirally arranged, 2- or 3-pinnate, with a pair of orbicular glands at base; leaflets with entire to serrate margins; vegetative buds without scales-leaves. Inflorescences axillary thyrses; flowers bisexual and male on the same plant; calyx 5-lobed to near base; petals usually 5, free; stamens 10–12, fused into a cylindrical tube, anthers inserted at rim of tube or just within tube; disc present; ovary 4–8-locular; ovules 2 per loculus; stigma 4–8-lobed. Fruit a drupe with 3–8 seeds; endocarp thick, bony; seeds, oblong, with a leathery seed-coat, without wings and an aril.

Also WA (naturalised), NT (native and naturalised), SA (naturalised) Qld, NSW (native and naturalised). 2 or 3 species from Africa and south-east Asia to Australia; 1 species in Australia.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-09-08
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-10-23
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Sapindales
family Meliaceae
Higher taxa
genus Melia
Subordinate taxa