Melia dubia Cav.

Kannada Name : Hebbevu, Turukubevu, Bettabevu
Common Name : Malabar neem
Family Name : Meliaceae
Scientific Name : Melia dubia
Species Type : Indigenous
Phenology : Evergreen
Conservation Status : Not known
Flowering Period : January - March
Fruiting Period : February - May
Origin : South India


The bark is made into a paste with cumin seeds and given to cure fever. It is planted as a shade tree in coffee estates. A paste made out of the green fruits is used to treat scabies and sores.


Large deciduous trees, up to 20 m tall. Bark dark brown, rough, lenticellate, exfoliations rectangular. Young shoots and inflorescence scurfy tomentose. Leaves are 2-3 pinnate, imparipinnate, swollen at base, tomentose when young; pinnae 3-7 pairs; leaflets 2-11 on each pinnae, opposite, ovate-lanceolate, glabrous at maturity, coriaceous, base oblique, acute, obtuse, round or attenuate, apex acuminate, margin crenate. Inflorescence an axillary panicle. Flowers bisexual, greenish-white, pubescent. Fruit a drupe, globose, dosally compressed, longitudinal ridges, yellow when ripe, fleshy, seeds 3 to 4.