Meeru Island is 1200 meters long by 350 meters wide, about 32 hectares (80 acres). A large Island by local standards, much of this Maldivian sanctuary remains untouched with its abundant vegetation, soft white sand and lush greenery, most notably seen with the quality of the fauna and flora all around the island.
Those familiar with the island also know about the organic fruit, vegetable and herb greenhouse – Meeru Garden. While in plain sight and often overlooked, numerous significant trees, flowers and their descriptions make up the green pastures and landscaping of Meeru. Here are some of the most common:
The Banyan tree, also known as Nika in Dhivehi, features a smooth grey bark and aerial roots that extend down from it’s branches, which can make this quite a large tree. The aerial roots are used for making yard that supports the sail of the local Dhoni boat and the wood is used for boat construction. The Banyan Tree can be seen in prominent areas of Meeru Island.
Locally known as Dhivehi Ruh or “Tree of Life”, Palm (Coconut) Trees are of much importance to the local Maldivian community. Considered one of the 10 most useful trees in the world, every part of the tree can be used, be it for delicious coconut flavoured cuisine, weaving fibres into mats, carving Palm wood into decorative ornaments or medical use. The coconut palm is the national tree of the Maldives and can be spotted all around Meeru Island.
Known in Dhivehi as the Boashi Tree, the Tree Heliotrope is a spreading tree that grows to between 6 and 12 meters in height and is rooted in the ground, regardless of coastal conditions. The tree provides a nesting site for seabirds, hosts bee forage and attracts butterflies, all of which is important for a thriving Ecosystem.
The Ironwood or Kuredhi is an evergreen shrub with succulent leaves, as well as small flowers with white/pink-tinged petals. The plant easily retains water, which helps the shrub adapt to climate and soil conditions. The wood is strong and is commonly used in boat and housing construction.
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