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Maytenus boaria, a tree of temperate climates
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Celastrales
Family: Celastraceae
Genus: Maytenus

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Boaria A.DC.[1]

Maytenus /ˈmtɛnəs/[2] is a genus of flowering plants in the 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]

Undescribed species:

Formerly placed here[edit]

Cultivation and uses[edit]

Maytenus boaria and Maytenus 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 Maytenus 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.