Azadirachta indica, Fam. Meliaceae
Tree, 15-20m (sometimes to 40m), crown diameter to 20m, evergreen; deeply fissured bark.
|Form or habit:||Tree|
Alternate, crowded toward the ends of branches; pinnate, 200-400mm long, containing 20-30 opposite, strongly asymmetric dark green leaflets, 30-80mm long, with serrated margins.
|Flower description:||Cream, 5-petalled, 10mm long, borne in clusters of 150-250 flowers; perfumed.|
|Fruit description:||Ovoid or oblong single seeded drupes, 10-30mm diameter, yellow when mature.|
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|Origin:||India and Malaysia|
|Weed status:||Environmental/garden escapee,Locally declared - Whitsunday region|
|Notes:||Spread by: Animals (birds, bats, pigs), water, garden waste; also suckers from the roots. Invades/threats: Bushland Notes: Promoted for production of Neem Oil and grown in plantations as well as in gardens. A general environmental weed in other areas of Qld, W.A and N.T.|
|Information sources:||Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2011) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region.|