Melia azedarach var australasica—White Cedar, Chinaberry Tree—MELIACEAE.

Melia azedarach

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Habitat—Grows in subtropical and dry rainforest, mostly on margins and in regrowth, widely cultivated.

Distribution—North from Milton and west to and inland to the upper Hunter Valley in New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—Small to medium—sized deciduous tree with furrowed grey bark.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Beach, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Coocumbac Island, Copeland, Dixon Property, Forster Cemetery, Forster Park and Marina, Forster/Tuncurry Streets, Golden Ponds Reserve, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Little Street, Ohmas Bay, One Mile Beach, Pebbly Beach, Penenton Creek and Wetlands, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Sea Acres National Park, Second Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, The Sanctuary, Tiona, Tonie's Gully, Tuncurry Dunes and Heath, Tuncurry Flora Park, Wallamba Cove, Wallamba River Area, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Compound, bipinnate, leaflets 9 to 70, toothed, terminal leaf present, 12 to 45 cm long, mostly 2—pinnate with 3 to 5 pairs of pinnae; pinnules mostly 25 to 75, ovate to elliptic, 2.5 to 7 cm long, 10 to 30 mm wide, apex acuminate, base usually asymmetric, margins toothed to ± entire, glabrous or with scattered stellate hairs; petiole 5 to 15 cm long, lateral petiolules 1 to 8 mm long.

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Inflorescence—Panicles 10 to 20 cm long. Petals 10 to 12 mm long, mauve


Fruit—Drupe ± ellipsoid, 10 to 15 mm long, 8 to 10 mm diam., yellowish.


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