Melia L.

First published in Sp. Pl.: 384 (1753)
This genus is accepted
The native range of this genus is NE. & E. Tropical Africa, Tropical & Subtropical Asia to N. & E. Australia.


Native to:

Assam, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, East Himalaya, Ethiopia, Hainan, India, Jawa, Kenya, Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Malaya, Myanmar, Nepal, New Guinea, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Philippines, Queensland, Solomon Is., Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sumatera, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Vietnam, West Himalaya, Western Australia

Introduced into:

Afghanistan, Alabama, Algeria, Angola, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Arizona, Arkansas, Ascension, Bahamas, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Burkina, California, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, Cape Verde, Caroline Is., Cayman Is., Central African Repu, Chad, Christmas I., Comoros, Cook Is., Cuba, Dominican Republic, East Aegean Is., Easter Is., El Salvador, Fiji, Florida, France, Free State, Galápagos, Gambia, Georgia, Guatemala, Guinea, Gulf of Guinea Is., Haiti, Hawaii, Honduras, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Japan, Kazan-retto, Korea, Kriti, KwaZulu-Natal, Lebanon-Syria, Leeward Is., Lesotho, Libya, Louisiana, Madeira, Malawi, Mali, Marianas, Marquesas, Marshall Is., Maryland, Mauritius, Mexico Central, Mexico Southwest, Mississippi, Missouri, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nansei-shoto, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Mexico, Norfolk Is., North Carolina, Northern Provinces, Ogasawara-shoto, Oklahoma, Pakistan, Palestine, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Rodrigues, Rwanda, Réunion, Seychelles, Sicilia, Society Is., South Australia, South Carolina, Southwest Caribbean, Spain, St.Helena, Sudan, Swaziland, Tennessee, Texas, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad-Tobago, Tuamotu, Tubuai Is., Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks-Caicos Is., Uganda, Uruguay, Utah, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Venezuelan Antilles, Victoria, Virginia, Windward Is., Yemen, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe


Heterotypic Synonyms

Accepted Species


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POWO follows these authorities in accepting this name:

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. Scientific Data 8: 215.

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • Harms in E. & P. Pflanzenfam. 19B, 1: 99 (1940).
  • —F.T.A. 1: 332

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Gen. Pl. ed. 5: 182 (1754).
  • Sp. Pl. 1: 384 (1753)

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 2, (1999) Author: by A. S. Hassan & M. Cheek [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • L., Gen. Pl., ed. 5: 182 (1754)
  • Pennington & Styles in Blumea 22: 463 (1975)
  • Sp. Pl.: 384 (1753)

Other Data

Other Kew resources that provide information on this taxon:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Hughes, J. [239] Tanzania K:SPC-16519.000 No
s.coll. [Cat. no. s.n.] K001132325 Unknown Type Material Yes
Greenway, P.J. [8584] Tanzania K:SPC-15463.000 No


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  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at and
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