Meryta

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Meryta
Merytasinclairii01.jpg
Meryta sinclairii from New Zealand
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Apiales
Family: Araliaceae
Subfamily: Aralioideae
Genus: Meryta
J.R.Forst. & G.Forst.
Species
Synonyms
Foliage of the New Caledonian species Meryta denhamii

Meryta is a genus in the flowering plant family Araliaceae. There are 28 described species in the genus, all small, resinous trees of the subtropical and tropical Pacific Ocean, characterized by huge, simple leaves and a dioecious sexual system, a unique combination in Araliaceae. Meryta has its center of diversity in New Caledonia (11 endemic spp.). Phylogenetic analyses have placed Meryta in one of the three major clades of the Araliaciae, the Polyscias-Pseudopanax group, and more specifically in the Pacific Schefflera subclade.

Cultivation[edit]

Cultivation of Meryta species is possible in tropical or subtropical climates. They are valued for their dramatic foliage and tolerance of coastal conditions. Species encountered in cultivation include M. denhamii and M. sonchifolia, native to New Caledonia, M. latifolia, native to Norfolk Island, and the New Zealand species Meryta sinclairii.