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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 2012, Maytenus boaria, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on July 20, 2018.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2018, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on July 20, 2018.

Maytenus boaria
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Maytenus boaria
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Geographic subdivisions for Maytenus boaria:
SnFrB (Alameda Co.);
Markers link to CCH specimen records. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues. Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
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