Taxus cuspidata

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Taxus cuspidata
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Scienteefic classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pinophyta
Class: Pinopsida
Order: Pinales
Family: Taxaceae
Genus: Taxus
Species: T. cuspidata
Binomial name
Taxus cuspidata
Siebold & Zucc.

Taxus cuspidata (Japanese Yew or Spreadin Yew) is a member o the genus Taxus, native tae Japan, Korea, northeast Cheenae an the extreme sootheast o Roushie.

It is an evergreen tree or lairge shrub growin tae 10–18 m taw, wi a trunk up tae 60 cm diameter. The leaves are lanceolate, flat, dark green, 1–3 cm long an 2–3 mm broad, arranged spirally on the stem, but wi the leaf bases twistit tae align the leaves in twa flattis rows either side o the stem except on erect leadin shuits whaur the spiral arrangement is mair obvious.

The seed cones are heichly modified, each cone containin a single seed 4–8 mm lang partly surroondit bi a modified scale which develops intae a saft, bricht red berry-like structur cried an aril, 8–12 mm lang an wide an open at the end. The arils are matur 6–9 months efter pollination. Individual trees frae Sikhote-Alin are kent tae hae been 1,000 years auld.[1]

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It is widely grown in eastren Asie an eastren North Americae as an ornamental plant.

The entire yew bush is toxic enough tae kill a horse, except for the fleshy berry surroundin the seed.[1] For dugs, 2/5ths o an oz per 10 poonds o body weicht is lethal. It is tharefore advisable tae keep domestic animals away frae the plant.

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  1. Yew