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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. The traditional circumscription of Maytenus is paraphyletic, so many species have been transferred to Denhamia, Gymnosporia, Monteverdia, and Tricerma.[3][4]

Selected species[edit]

Undescribed species:

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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.


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  2. ^ Sunset Western Garden Book, 1995:606–607
  3. ^ a b c d e f g McKenna, Miles J.; Simmons, Mark P.; Bacon, Christine D.; Lombardi, Julio A. (October 1, 2011). "Delimitation of the Segregate Genera of Maytenus s.l. (Celastraceae) Based on Morphological and Molecular Characters". Systematic Botany. 36 (4): 922–932. doi:10.1600/036364411X604930.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u Biral, Leonardo; Simmons, Mark P.; Smidt, Eric C.; Tembrock, Luke R.; Bolson, Mônica; Archer, Robert H.; Lombardi, Julio A. (December 18, 2017). "Systematics of New World Maytenus (Celastraceae) and a New Delimitation of the Genus". Systematic Botany. 42 (4): 680–693. doi:10.1600/036364417X696456. ISSN 0363-6445. S2CID 53121214.
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  7. ^ 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.