Melia azedarach L.

White Cedar

Sp. Pl. 1: 384 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Deciduous tree to 40 m tall (much smaller in Victoria). Leaves 15–80 cm long, with 3–7 pairs of pinnae, glabrescent; pinnae with 3–7 leaflets, the basal most leaflets sometimes further divided; petiole 8–40 cm long; leaflets ovate or oblong-lanceolate to elliptic, 3–6 (–10) cm long, 1–2.5 (–3) cm wide, entire to serrate. Thyrses 10–22 cm long; flowers fragrant; pedicels c. 2–3 mm long; calyx c. 2 mm diam.; lobes ovate, c. 2 mm long, ovate; petals narrowly oblong, 6–10 mm long, c. 2mm wide, white to lilac, pink or bluish. Drupe globose to ellipsoid, 2–4 cm long, 1–2 cm diam., yellow-brown, glabrous; seed oblong, c. 3.5 mm long, brown. Flowers spring.

*MuF, *VRiv, *Wim. Widely cultivated as an ornamental tree and often used in street plantings. It has occasionally spread from cultivated plants near town centres in northern Victoria. Native to south-east Asia, Malesia and Australia.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-09-08
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Sapindales
family Meliaceae
genus Melia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Melia azedarach in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Melia azedarach in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present introduced
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present cultivated

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory