Description of the genus
Trees or shrubs. Leaves 2(rarely 3)-pinnate; pinnae and leaflets opposite or subopposite. Leaflets usually crenate or serrate, stellate-hairy when young. Flowers bisexual and male on the same plant, pale lilac (in ours) in large, sweet-scented, stellate-hairy panicles. Calyx lobed to base, lobes 5(-6). Petals 5(-6), free. Staminal tube cylindric; anthers 10-12, alternating with a pair of narrowly triangular appendages. Ovary 4-8-locular. Fruit a drupe with 4-8 loosely united pyrenes, each with 1-2 seeds.
Worldwide: 3 species in the Old World tropics
Other sources of information about Melia:Flora of Zimbabwe
: cultivated Melia pageFlora of Mozambique
(electronic Plant Information Center): MeliaFlora Zambesiaca
web site: MeliaGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for MeliaIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): MeliaKew Herbarium catalogue
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Melia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=817, retrieved 23 May 2013