Boaria molinae A.DC.
Celastrus boaria Baill.
Celastrus maytenus Willd.
Celastrus uncinatus Ruiz & Pav.
Maytenus chilensis DC.
Senacia maytenus Lam.
Common Name: Mayten
Mayten is a slow-growing evergreen shrub or tree with a dense, oval crown and graceful, weeping foliage. It can grow up to a height of 24 metres in the wild, though cultivated plants are usually rather smaller[
]. The bole can be 35cm or more in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for medicinal purposes and the oil obtained from its seed, which are used locally. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental.
S. America - Chile, Argentina, southern and eastern Brazil, Peru.
Pasturelands, avoiding the competition for light from other trees[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
A plant of warm temperate areas to highland areas in the Tropics, where it can be found at elevations above 2,000 metres. A fairly frost-hardy plant, tolerating temperatures down to about -10°c[
Requires a moist but well-drained soil[
]. Succeeds in most soils in a sunny position[
] and also in semi-shade[
]. Requires a position sheltered from strong cold winds[
Cattle are very strongly attracted to the leaves of this plant and will not touch other forage when this species is available[
Plants are usually monoecious, but occasional hermaphrodite flowers are produced[
An edible oil is obtained from the seed. Used for cooking[
The leaves are febrifuge and slightly purgative[
]. A decoction is used in the treatment of malaria[
A decoction of the leaves is used externally to wash wounds[
The reddish-grey wood is compact, very elastic, rather light in weight, extremely hard. It is excellent for general carpentry and was used traditionally for making bows[
Cuttings of half-ripe wood.
Division of suckers in the autumn or spring[
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