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Neem tree

(Azadirachta indica, fam. Meliaceae)

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Tree, 15-20m (sometimes to 40m), crown diameter to 20m, evergreen; deeply fissured bark.
Form or habit: Tree
Leaf:Compound Alternate

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 conspicuous: Conspicuous
Flower colour: Cream
Flower description:Cream, 5-petalled, 10mm long, borne in clusters of 150-250 flowers; perfumed.
Fruit conspicuous: Conspicuous
Fruit colour: Yellow
Fruit: Fleshy
Fruit description: Ovoid or oblong single seeded drupes, 10-30mm diameter, yellow when mature.
Food source for:
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.

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