Maytenus boaria

Maytenus boaria_mayten_Lech Naumovich_cropped
Photo: Lech Naumovich

Common names: mayten

Maytenus boaria (mayten) is a shrub/tree (family Celastraceae) with green to white flowers and narrow leaves found in the San Francisco Bay area and coastal ranges of California. It is native to Argentina and Chile. It favors grasslands and scrub and chaparral habitat. It spreads via root suckers and seeds. Birds help disperse the seeds.

Cal-IPC Rating: Watch

CDFA Rating: None?


Plant Risk Assessment - An evaluation of the potential for a plant to be invasive in California.

Weed Management Notes

No Weed RIC Management Notes are available for this species. Check for information on other species in the genus on the Weed RIC site.

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Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

Presentations are linked where available. Where a presentation is not available, find more information by reading the abstract in the Cal-IPC Symposia Archive.

Other Maytenus boaria Information

  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.
  • Additional photos

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    Maytenus boaria (mayten) flowers and leaves. Photo: Jean Pawek
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    Maytenus boaria (mayten) adventitious sprouting. Photo: &#169 2011 Sam Abercrombie
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    Maytenus boaria (mayten) fruits. Photo: &#169 2012 Sam Abercrombie
    Maytenus boaria_growth form (young tree)_copyright2011_SamAbercrombie
    Maytenus boaria (mayten) growth form (young tree). Photo: &#169 2011 Sam Abercrombie