Minimum Security by Stephanie McMillan

Minimum Security

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  1. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    The fruit is a smooth (glabrous) olive-like drupe which varies in shape from elongate oval to nearly roundish, and when ripe are 1.4–2.8 centimetres (0.55–1.1 in) by 1.0–1.5 centimetres (0.39–0.59 in). The fruit skin (exocarp) is thin and the bitter-sweet pulp (mesocarp) is yellowish-white and very fibrous. The mesocarp is 0.3–0.5 centimetre (0.12–0.20 in) thick. The white, hard inner shell (endocarp) of the fruit encloses one, rarely two or three, elongated seeds (kernels) having a brown seed coat.

    The neem tree is very similar in appearance to its relative, the Chinaberry (Melia azedarach). The Chinaberry tree is toxic to most animals, especially to fish, but birds are known to gorge themselves on the Chinaberries, the seeds passing harmlessly through their unique digestive systems.
    The neem tree is noted for its drought resistance. Normally it thrives in areas with sub-arid to sub-humid conditions, with an annual rainfall 400–1,200 millimetres (16–47 in). It can grow in regions with an annual rainfall below 400 mm, but in such cases it depends largely on ground water levels. Neem can grow in many different types of soil, but it thrives best on well drained deep and sandy soils.
    Definitely a tree to plant in drought areas including in the growing drought areas in the USA. Give an additional shade tree and edible fruit for the drier, hotter future.

  2. rick scott

    rick scott GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Another useless factoid from our socialista with writer’s block. The neem tree is a tropical which is killed by freezing temps. Not suitable for most of the US of A. And, like emu farming and alpaca breeding, it is highly touted by those wishing to create a market for a questionable product.

  3. Norman Baron

    Norman Baron GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Night-Gaunt49, Nice botanically correct description of the Neem tree. Is one of the species affected by its poisonous nature Homo sapiens? I live in an area where the annual rainfall is around 2-4 inches a year and the ground is hard as flint. If I could get one of the neems to grow maybe I could thin out the population of little urchins that constantly swarm about laying waste to all in their path while their parents sit on the porch and swill beer.

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