Maytenus obtusifolia is a large tree growing up to 32 metres tall[
]. The cylindrical bole is up to 1 metre in diameter[
The leaves are a popular herbal remedy in Brazil, where they are commonly harvested from the wild. The tree is harvested from the wild for its timber, whilst its leaves are also used as a tea substitute.
S. America - northern and eastern Brazil.
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A plant of the tropics, found at elevations up to 1,000 metres.
An infusion of the leaves is used as a substitute for China tea (Camellia sinsnsis)[
The leaves are a popular herbal medicine in Brazil, where they are used in the treatment of serious ulcers, general inflammations, cancer and also against external ulcers on the skin[
Research has shown that the plant is an effective and safe treatment against ulcers, though the mechanism of action has not yet been determined[
The heartwood is pale pink to pinky brown, the sapwood is white or gray[
]. The wood is hard, heavy, very strong, easy to work but not durable when in contact with the soil[
]. It is an excellent wood for general construction, and is also used for general carpentry and rural construction work[
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