[efloraofindia:32952] My tryst with Melia composita

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Neil Soares

Apr 22, 2010, 9:21:43 AM4/22/10
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   Had procured a sapling of Melia dubia [now M.composita] locally called Nimbara, in 1997 from the Academy of Developmental Science, Kashele [now defunct] which specialised in the propagation of endemic forest trees.

   It is an extremely fast growing tree. A few years later considering it to be the exotic Persian Lilac / Melia azedarach [ though now known to be native to the sub-Himalayan & Shivalik tracts of India] had chopped it down.

   About 3 years later on checking the area was surprised to find that it had shot up again to its original size. Once again carried out a demolition exercise. This was about 7 years ago.

   Last Sunday, after my recent gaffe on this group, where I had mistakenly identified Rashida’s photograph of M.azedarach as Azadirachta indica [Neem], decided to check on the plant again and was amazed to find that like the proverbial phoenix it had resurrected itself and is flourishing again.

   As am now aware that M.composita is found naturally in deciduous forests of the Sahyadris, have decided to let it grow.

   Sending a few photographs.

                           With regards,

                              Neil Soares.


P.S. – Solicit views [especially of Mr.Ingalhalikar] on how prevalent this tree is in the wild.



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tanay bose

Apr 22, 2010, 9:30:30 AM4/22/10
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Satish Phadke

Apr 22, 2010, 11:20:21 AM4/22/10
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Dear Neil ji
I appreciate your great work on maintaining the biodiversity profile at least in some private area which you possess.
Dr Phadke

shrikant ingalhalikar

Apr 22, 2010, 1:48:52 PM4/22/10
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Dear Neil,

Yes, this tree is fast growing and fast vaishing too. The wood being
rather soft and light it falls prey to the stem borers easily and can
not survive more than 20 years (after growing to full size) in the
wild. Natural regeneration is fairly good. It is occasionally found on
the eastern side of Sahyadris at an elevation of about 600-1000 mts.
in deciduous forests. Regards, Shrikant
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rashida atthar

Apr 23, 2010, 12:55:42 AM4/23/10
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Neil on a lighter vein I was wondering what would your stand be if at all the world becomes  visa less and passport less for travel for human beings ! ! Also I think  at present some non-indigenous birds must be coming and feasting on the fruits from your trees!





Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2010 06:21:43 -0700
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Subject: [efloraofindia:32952] My tryst with Melia composita
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Neil Soares

Apr 23, 2010, 2:50:11 AM4/23/10
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Thanks Rashida. For the record - my bird tally stands at 201 with a range extension for at least 3 species.

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