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Chinaberry (Melia azedarach)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This datasheet is pending revision and updating; its contents are currently derived from FAO's Animal Feed Resources Information System (1991-2002) and from Bo Göhl's Tropical Feeds (1976-1982).

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Description
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Common names 

Chinaberry, pride of India, Indian lilac, bead tree

Related feed(s) 
Description 

Fast-growing tree up to 10 m high that blooms with giant clusters of fragrant flowers. Each pink or blue lilac-like blossom has a dark-purple staminal tube protruding from the middle. The slightly poisonous fruits are about the size of a cherry. Each contains a single five-cornered stone, often used as a bead.

Nutritional aspects
Potential constraints 

The fruits are slightly poisonous. Melia azedarach fruits given to pigs caused diarrhea when offered at 5 g/kg. At 10 to 20 g/kg, they induced clinical signs of poisoning and caused lesions in several organs and even death (Mendez et al., 2006).

Ruminants 

The leaves are palatable to goats.

Nutritional tables
Tables of chemical composition and nutritional value 

Avg: average or predicted value; SD: standard deviation; Min: minimum value; Max: maximum value; Nb: number of values (samples) used

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This datasheet is pending revision and updating; its contents are currently derived from FAO's Animal Feed Resources Information System (1991-2002) and from Bo Göhl's Tropical Feeds (1976-1982).

Main analysis Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
Dry matter % as fed 34.8 30.1 39.4 2
Crude protein % DM 17.1 12.4 21.8 2
Crude fibre % DM 13.5 11.6 15.3 2
Ether extract % DM 7.5 6.2 8.8 2
Ash % DM 11.2 10.8 11.6 2
Gross energy MJ/kg DM 18.6 *
 
Minerals Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
Calcium g/kg DM 24.1 23.1 25.0 2
Phosphorus g/kg DM 2.3 2.2 2.4 2
 
Ruminant nutritive values Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
OM digestibility, Ruminant % 53.7 1
ME ruminants (FAO, 1982) MJ/kg DM 8.1 1
Nitrogen digestibility, ruminants % 49.9 1

The asterisk * indicates that the average value was obtained by an equation.

References

Malik et al., 1967; Patel, 1966

Last updated on 24/10/2012 00:43:59

References
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