Ailanthus excelsa

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Ailanthus excelsa
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Simaroubaceae
Genus: Ailanthus
A. excelsa
Binomial name
Ailanthus excelsa
  • Ailanthus wightii Tiegh.

Ailanthus excelsa, commonly known as tree of heaven, is a large deciduous tree found in India and Sri Lanka.[1]

In Tamil, it is also known as Pi-Nari Maram due to its disagreeable odour.


In India, it is commonly known as MAHARUKH or MAHANEEM. This is a softwood tree having compound leaves. This is also used in matchstick industry. It is used as fodder for goats in India. It is one of the best tree used to trap Suspended Particulate Matter (SPM).


  1. ^ Krishen, Pradip (2013). Jungle Trees of Central India. Penguin group. p. 164. ISBN 9780143420743.