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Maytenus phyllanthoides

Maytenus phyllanthoides Benth.

Florida Mayten, Guttapercha Mayten, Leather Leaf, Mangle Dulce

Celastraceae (Bittersweet family)

Synonym(s): Maytenus phyllanthoides var. ovalifolia, Maytenus texana, Tricerma phyllanthoides, Tricerma texana


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub , Tree
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 22 feet tall.
Fruit: Bright red.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Green
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug


Native Habitat: Hammocks, dunes, edges of mangrove forests, coastal prairies, marshes, clay or sand-clay mounds, often saline sites.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FAC FAC
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Maytenus phyllanthoides in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Maytenus phyllanthoides in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Maytenus phyllanthoides


Record Modified: 2020-10-28
Research By: CBR

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