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B. Edible and medicinal plants
C. Poisonous plants
D. Dangerous insects and arachnids
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Chinaberry

Chinaberry
Melia azedarach
Mahogany (Meliaceae) Family


Description: This tree has a spreading crown and grows up to 14 meters tall. It has alternate, compound leaves with toothed leaflets. Its flowers are light purple with a dark center and grow in ball-like masses. It has marble-sized fruits that are light orange when first formed but turn lighter as they become older.

CAUTION

All parts of the tree should be considered dangerous if eaten. Its leaves are a natural insecticide and will repel insects from stored fruits and grains. Take care not to eat leaves mixed with the stored food.

Habitat and Distribution: Chinaberry is native to the Himalayas and eastern Asia but is now planted as an ornamental tree throughout the tropical and subtropical regions. It has been introduced to the southern United States and has escaped to thickets, old fields, and disturbed areas.

For information on a specific poisonous plant, click on one of the links below:

  - Castor bean, castor-oil plant, palma Christi
  - Chinaberry
  - Cowhage, cowage, cowitch
  - Death camas, death lily
  - Lantana
  - Manchineel
  - Oleander
  - Pangi
  - Physic nut
  - Poison hemlock, fool's parsley
  - Poison ivy and poison oak
  - Poison sumac
  - Rosary pea or crab's eyes
  - Strychnine tree
  - Trumpet vine or trumpet creeper
  - Water hemlock or spotted cowbane


Poisonous plants



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