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Maytenus boaria

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Family: CelastraceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Shrub (climbing or not), tree, thorny or not, generally glabrous. Leaf: simple, opposite or alternate, deciduous to persistent, subsessile or petioled; veins pinnate. Inflorescence: cluster, cyme, raceme, panicle, or 1-flowered, axillary or terminal, bracted. Flower: generally bisexual, radial, small; hypanthium +- cup-shaped; sepals 4--5; petals (0)4--5, free; stamens 4--5, alternate petals, attached below or to rim of disk; ovary superior or +- embedded in disk, 2--5-chambered, placentas axile or basal, style generally 1, short, stigma +- head-like, 2--5-lobed. Fruit: capsule, winged achene, berry, drupe, or nutlet, often 1-chambered. Seed: generally 1 per chamber, arilled.
Genera In Family: 50 genera, 800 species: worldwide, especially southeastern Asia; some ornamental (Celastrus, Euonymus, Maytenus, Paxistima).
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael A. Vincent & Barry A. Prigge
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: MaytenusView Description 

Common Name: MAITEN
Habit: [Shrub] tree, erect. Leaf: alternate, persistent, spreading, leathery, toothed; base, tip acute. Inflorescence: axillary clusters, 1--5-flowered. Flower: parts in 5s; hypanthium broad, flat; petals green-white [yellow]; disk fused to hypanthium, fleshy, +- green; ovary superior, ovoid, stigma lobes 2--4[5], stout, spreading. Fruit: capsule, loculicidal, 2[5]-valved, compressed-spheric, green to +- yellow. Seed: 1--2, brown; aril [orange to] red.
Species In Genus: 200 species: especially tropical southern hemisphere, South America, Africa. Etymology: (Aboriginal name)

Maytenus boaria Molina
Habit: Plant to 15 m, branches pendent. Stem: twigs green, in age gray-brown. Leaf: petiole 2--5 mm; blade 15--45 mm, +- lanceolate, flat. Flower: unisexual or bisexual, hypanthium 1--1.2 mm; sepals 0.5--0.7 mm, tips obtuse; petals 1.5--3 mm, obtuse or +- acute. Fruit: 6--9 mm, glabrous.
Ecology: Scrub regrowth; Elevation: 130--400 m. Bioregional Distribution: SnFrB (Alameda Co.); Distribution Outside California: native to Argentina, Chile. Flowering Time: Apr--May Note: Germinates profusely after fire; control efforts ongoing.
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael A. Vincent & Barry A. Prigge
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Citation for this treatment: Michael A. Vincent & Barry A. Prigge 2016. Maytenus boaria, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 04, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 04, 2016.

Maytenus boaria
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Maytenus boaria
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Geographic subdivisions for Maytenus boaria:
SnFrB (Alameda Co.);
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