Yerba maté

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Aquifoliaceae > Ilex paraguariensis var. , A. St. Hil.

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Yerba mate or yerba-mate (Br.) (Template:Lang-es, Template:Lang-pt), Ilex paraguariensis, is a species of holly (family Aquifoliaceae) native to subtropical South America in northeastern Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay and southern Brazil.[1] It was first scientifically classified by Swiss botanist Moses Bertoni, who settled in Paraguay in 1895.

The yerba mate plant is a shrub or small tree growing up to 15 meters tall. The leaves are evergreen, 7–11 cm long and 3–5.5 cm wide, with a serrated margin. The flowers are small, greenish-white, with four petals. The fruit is a red drupe 4–6 mm in diameter.[2]

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Ilex paraguariensis, St. Hil. (I. paraguensis, Don). Shrub or small tree, to 20 ft.: branchlets glabrous or puberulous: lvs. obovate to obovate-oblong or elliptic-oblong, narrowed at the base, obtuse or short and obtusely acuminate, crenate-serrate, glabrous or pubescent below, 3-5, rarely to 10 in. long: fls. axillary, fascicled or in stalked cymes: fr. globose or ovoid, 1/5 – ¼ in. across, red or reddish brown. Brazil.

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  1. World Conservation Monitoring Centre (1998). Ilex paraguariensis. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 9 May 2006.
  2. Yerba mate — what? at

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