Maytenus phyllanthoides var. phyllanthoides

Common names: Florida mayten
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 12. Treatment on page 127.
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Shrubs or trees 1–7 m. Stems erect to spreading. Leaves: petiole 2–6 mm; blade obovate, 1.5–5(–6) × 1–2.5(–3.5) cm, base cuneate, margins entire, sometimes wavy, apex rounded.

Phenology: Flowering early spring–summer; fruiting summer–winter.
Habitat: Hammocks, dunes, edges of mangrove forests.
Elevation: 0–10 m.


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Fla., Mexico, West Indies (Bahamas, Cuba).


In the flora area, var. phyllanthoides occurs along the Gulf coast of peninsular Florida from Levy County south and on the Atlantic coast in Miami-Dade County and the Keys. The leaves yield a gum that has been used as a substitute for gutta-percha, a rubberlike substance derived from Palaquium Blanco spp. (Sapotaceae) of southeast Asia and used in dentistry and historically for electrical insulation and golf balls.

Selected References


Lower Taxa


Jinshuang Ma +  and Geoffrey A. Levin +
Bentham +
Florida mayten +
Fla. +, Mexico +, West Indies (Bahamas +  and Cuba). +
0–10 m. +
Hammocks, dunes, edges of mangrove forests. +
Flowering early spring–summer +  and fruiting summer–winter. +
Bot. Voy. Sulphur, +
Illustrated +
Tricerma phyllanthoides +
Maytenus phyllanthoides var. phyllanthoides +
Maytenus phyllanthoides +
variety +