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Genus: Maytenus

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid I > Family: Celastraceae

About 150 species worldwide, of which 14 are native to southern Africa. An additional two species are cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Maytenus abbottii


Maytenus acuminata


Maytenus albata


Maytenus chasei

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Maytenus cordata


Maytenus deflexa


Maytenus ilicina


Maytenus lucida


Maytenus monococca


Maytenus oleoides


Maytenus oleosa


Maytenus peduncularis


Maytenus procumbens


Maytenus undata

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Maytenus boaria (Mayten tree)

Native to Chile and Argentina.


Maytenus ilicifolia (Sombra de toro)

Native to Brazil.



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