Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Botany picture #186: Melia azedarach

Recently I saw this tree planted along a road and wondered what it was; just a few days later I saw the same species in the Australian National Botanic Garden, and the label next to the stem solved my question. Melia azedarach (Meliaceae), of Australia and south-east Asia, is widely known and, despite its toxicity, frequently planted, but I hope my ignorance of this particular species is excused in the light of my provenance from an area devoid of Meliaceae.

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