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Maytenus boaria, a tree of temperate climates
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Celastrales
Family: Celastraceae
Subfamily: Celastroideae
Genus: Maytenus

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Boaria A.DC.[1]

Maytenus /ˈmtɛnəs/[2] is a genus of flowering plants in the staff vine family, Celastraceae. Members of the genus are distributed throughout Central and South America, Southeast Asia, Micronesia and Australasia, the Indian Ocean and Africa. They grow in a very wide variety of climates, from tropical to subpolar.

Selected species[edit]

Formerly placed here[edit]

Cultivation and uses[edit]

M. boaria and M. magellanica are the most known species in Europe and the United States because these are the most cold-tolerant trees of this mostly tropical genus. The bark of M. krukovii has a variety of documented medicinal properties; it is also sometimes admixed into decoctions of ayahuasca.


  1. ^ "Genus: Maytenus Molina". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2005-02-08. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  2. ^ Sunset Western Garden Book, 1995:606–607
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Maytenus". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 2009-02-02. 
  4. ^ a b "GRIN Species Records of Maytenus". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  5. ^ "Maytenus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 31 August 2010.