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Wednesday, August 7, 2013


Hi Everybody!!
All of the Cardinals are molting. In other words, they are loosing their feathers and growing in the new ones! This happens in little patches at a time instead of all at once. (Check the Google Search Box for more on the molting process for birds).
 So, your photostudy today will reveal birds in different stages of plumage. This occurs in August (in Texas) and in another week they will all have the new fall feathers. For today, they still look funny! Laugh a little and Enjoy!

From the Google Index:
  1. Red Rocket® Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit IV' P.P. ...


    Monrovia's Red Rocket® Crape Myrtle details and information. Learn more about Monrovia plants and best practices for best possible plant performance.

  2. Red Rocket® Crape Myrtle - Park Seed


    Disease-resistant and easy to grow, this Crapemyrtle blooms twice a year and offers lovely fall foliage changes.


Melia azedarach

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Melia azedarach, commonly known by many names, including white cedar,[2] chinaberry tree,[2] bead-tree, Cape lilac,[2] syringa berrytree,[2] Persian lilac,[2] and Indian lilac, is a species of deciduous tree in the mahogany family,Meliaceae, that is native to PakistanIndiaBangladeshIndochinaSoutheast Asia and Australia.[3] The genus Meliaincludes four other species, occurring from southeast Asia to northern Australia. They are all deciduous or semi-evergreentrees.
The adult tree has a rounded crown, and commonly measures attains a height of 7–12 metres, however in exceptional circumstances M. azedarach can attain a height of 45 metres.[4] The flowers are small and fragrant, with five pale purple or lilac petals, growing in clusters. The fruit is a drupe, marble-sized, light yellow at maturity, hanging on the tree all winter, and gradually becoming wrinkled and almost white.
The leaves are up to 50 cm long, alternate, long-petioled, two or three times compound (odd-pinnate); the leaflets are dark green above and lighter green below, with serrate margins.
Melia azedarach
Leaves, flowers, and fruit
Scientific classification
Species:M. azedarach

Uses and ecology[edit source | editbeta]

Indian Grey Hornbill Ocyceros birostriseating Melia azedarach fruit at Roorkee inHaridwar District of UttarakhandIndia.

Feral Chinaberry at KeokeaMaui,Hawaii. Large trees like this can be profitably used for timber.
The main utility of chinaberry is its timber. This is of medium density, and ranges in colour from light brown to dark red. In appearance it is readily confused with the unrelated Burmese Teak (Tectona grandis). Melia azedarach in keeping with other members of the family Meliaceae has a timber of high quality, but as opposed to many almost-extinct species of mahogany it is under-utilised. Seasoning is relatively simple in that planks dry without cracking or warping and are resistant to fungal infection. The taste of the leaves is not as bitter as Neem (Azadirachta indica).
The hard, five-grooved seeds were widely used for making rosaries and other products requiring beads, before their replacement by modern plastics.
Some hummingbirds like Sapphire-spangled Emerald (Amazilia lactea), Glittering-bellied Emerald (Chlorostilbon lucidus) and Planalto Hermit (Phaethornis pretrei) have been recorded to feed on and pollinate the flowers, these only take it opportunistically.[6]
(See above link for complete article)

...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek.  See You next time.