Maytenus obtusifolia - Mart.
Common Name Blunt folia Maytenus
Family Celastraceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known
Range S. America - northern and eastern Brazil.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Tender Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

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Maytenus obtusifolia is a large tree growing about 30 m in height and 1 m in trunk diameter. It can be found in South America. The leaves have edible and medicinal uses. It is used as a substitute for China tea and as herbal medicine for ulcers, inflammations, skin conditions, and cancer. The wood is hard, heavy, very strong, but not durable. It is ideal for construction and general carpentry.

Maytenus obtusifolia Blunt folia Maytenus
Maytenus obtusifolia Blunt folia Maytenus
Alex Popovkin, Bahia, Brazil
Physical Characteristics
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Maytenus obtusifolia is an evergreen Tree growing to 25 m (82ft) by 20 m (65ft) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

No synonyms are recorded for this name.

Edible Uses
An infusion of the leaves is used as a substitute for China tea (Camellia sinsnsis)[461 ].
Medicinal Uses
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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[602 ]. Research has shown that the plant is an effective and safe treatment against ulcers, though the mechanism of action has not yet been determined[602 ].


Other Uses
Other Uses The heartwood is pale pink to pinky brown, the sapwood is white or gray[461 ]. The wood is hard, heavy, very strong, easy to work but not durable when in contact with the soil[46 , 461 ]. It is an excellent wood for general construction, and is also used for general carpentry and rural construction work[46 , 461 ].
Cultivation details
A plant of the tropics, found at elevations up to 1,000 metres.
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Other Names
Blunt folia Maytenus
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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed
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