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Andhra Pradesh – Neem


Common Name: Neem

Local Name: Vepa Chettu

Scientific Name: Azadirachta indica A. Juss.

Description: An evergreen tree native to the tropical and subtropical regions of the Indian subcontinent. The tree has wide and spreading branches and a fairly dense roundish crown that reaches a diameter of 20-25m.

Economic Importance: The Neem Tree is considered sacred by the Hindus. Also called ‘margosa oil,’ the oil extracted from the seeds heals bleeding gums, is a cure for pyorrhoea, used as an insecticide, and pesticide. The hard wood is used for making furniture and agricultural implements. Neem seed cake is used as a fertilizer and insect repellent. Young twigs are used as a toothstick while leaf paste is applied to the body to cure chicken pox.

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