EPPO Global Database

Ilex paraguariensis(ILEPA)

Last modification: 2002-03-01

Basic information
  • EPPO code: ILEPA
  • Preferred name: Ilex paraguariensis
  • Authority: St-Hilaire


Native to Paraguay, Argentina and southern Brazil. Now widely cultivated in South America for the beverage made from its leaves

Other scientific names
Name Authority
Ilex paraguayensis Hooker
Ilex paraguensis D. Don

Common names
Name Language
mate English
paraguay tea English
yerba tea English
Matebaum German
Mate-Teestrauch German
maté French
thé du Paraguay French
hierba mate Spanish
mate Spanish
té de los Jesuitas Spanish
té del Paraguay Spanish
mate Italian
tè dei Gesuiti Italian
tè del Paraguay Italian
matee Dutch
caá Portuguese (BR)
erva-mate Portuguese (BR)
matte Swedish