Melia (plant)

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Melia azedarach
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Meliaceae
Subfamily: Melioideae
Genus: Melia
Type species
Melia azedarach

See text.

  • Antelaea Gaertn.
  • Azedara Raf.
  • Azedarac Adans.
  • Azedarach Mill.
  • Zederachia Heist. ex Fabr.

Melia is a genus of flowering trees in the family Meliaceae.[3] The name is derived from μελία, the Greek name used by Theophrastus (c. 371 – c. 287 BC) for Fraxinus ornus,[4] which has similar leaves.[5]


As of March 2023, Plants of the World Online accepted three species:[2]

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  1. ^ a b Species Plantarum 1: 384-385. 1753. "Name: Melia L." Tropicos. Saint Louis, Missouri: Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved February 8, 2010. Type Specimen: Melia azedarach
  2. ^ a b "Melia L." Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 2023-03-28.
  3. ^ Elizabeth McClintock, Jepson Herbarium (1993). "Jepson Manuel treatment for MELIA". Jepson Flora Project. Berkeley, California: Regents of the University of California. Retrieved February 8, 2010.
  4. ^ μελία. Liddell, Henry George; Scott, Robert; A Greek–English Lexicon at the Perseus Project.
  5. ^ Quattrocchi, Umberto (2000). CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names. Vol. 3 M-Q. CRC Press. p. 1650. ISBN 978-0-8493-2677-6.
  6. ^ "GRIN Species Records of Melia". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Archived from the original on 2012-05-29. Retrieved 2011-04-23.

External links[edit]

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