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As once understood, Maytenus was a genus confined to the New World, from Florida and S. Texas to the Magellan region, and most numerously represented in the tropics of C. and S. America, and in the West Indies. Recently, however, numerous African species previously placed in Celastrus or Gymnosporia have been transferred to it. It resembles Huonymus and Celastrus in having the seeds wholly or partly enclosed in a fleshy aril. The generic name derives from the Indian name for M. boaria – ‘maiten’.

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