Maytenus boaria. MAYTEN TREE. Chile
CELASTRACEAE (Staff tree family)

A slow-growing evergreen decorator tree with small, finely toothed leaves, typically 1 by 1/4 inch, that hang in an attractive pattern. Bunches of modest greenish-yellow flowers are followed by small capsules mostly containing one 1/8-inch orange-colored seed. The specific name is from Latin 'bovarius,' descriptive of the cattle market in Rome, and refers to the habit of Chilean cattle of pruning the reachable branches. Several specimens can be seen off Serra Mall in the alley on the west side of Hoover Tower. An old untended specimen is situated on Sand Hill Road near where the Searsville Path meets it. (This was the site of Antonio Buelna’s adobe, which was the first structure erected on the Rancho San Francisquito grant of 1839.) Three are north of the fountain in front of the Bing Wing of Green Library, and a single memorial tree is nearby, closer to Cummings Art Building. A group can be seen in the park on Alvarado Row opposite Pine Hill Road.

Illustration: McMinn, Howard E. and Evelyn Maino. 1951. An illustrated manual of Pacific coast trees; with lists of trees recommended for various uses on the Pacific coast by H. W. Shepherd. 2d ed. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press.

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Related material: Canopy Trees for Palo Alto Tree Library | SHRF Plant Culture Data Sheets

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