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Latin Name: Ilex paraguariensis syn. Ilex paraguensis.
Plant Family: Aquifoliaceae
Other Names: Maté, Caa, Chimarrão, Cimarrón, Yerba Maté, Erva Maté, Congonha, Erveira, Erva-Verdadeira, Ilex Maté, Houx Maté, Jesuit's Tea, Brazil Tea, Gón Gouha, Paraguay Cayi & Paraguay Tea.
Description: Native to Argentina, southern Brazil and Paraguay, mate is now also widely cultivated in Spain and Portugal. It is an evergreen shrub which can grow into a small tree reaching a height of between 6-15 metres. The leaves are oval or lanceolate, shiny, dark green with a yellowy mid rib and are 7–11cm in length with a serrated margin. The 4 petaled flowers are small and greenish-white in colour.
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