Meryta sinclairii

Puka occurs naturally on the Three Kings Islands and the Hen and Chickens Islands where it occurs in greater abundance in the relatively sheltered valleys, where soils are thick and conditions are relatively moist, rather than on the exposed ridge-tops. However, Puka can also grow on cliffs with shallow, stony soils which suggests some tolerance of drought.

Meryta sinclairii is New Zealand's representative. The leaves of this grand tropical-looking tree are glossy green and large, being 25-50 cm long and half as wide again. The tree grows into a rounded shape and will branch if encouraged. Heavily veined, the leaves are quite leathery and wavy on the edges. A few weeks before shedding, the leaves turn rich yellow and are quite attractive. The flowers, produced mid-winter, are very small and green. More

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