Vascular Plants - Taxaceae - Taxus:
Taxus brevifolia
Page Author: Don Knoke
Pacific yew, western yew 
Blooms: September - October
Habit: shrub
Duration: perennial
Origin: Native
Distribution: Alaska to California, east to northern Idaho and northeast Oregon
Habitat: Open to deep, usually moist forests, sea level to mid-elevations in the mountains
Species Description:

General: Shrub-like, dioecious tree mostly 5-10 m. tall, the trunk often contorted, the branches spreading or drooping.
Bark: The bark very thin, consisting of purplish scales covering the reddish or reddish-purple inner bark.
Leaves: Leaves 2-ranked, 14-18 mm. long and 1-2 mm. wide, yellow-green, paler on the lower surface, tipped with a sharp, slender point.
Cones: Staminate cones yellowish, globose, about 3 mm. long; stamens 6-14 in a tight cluster, surrounded by several small bracts, projecting above the branch; ovule solitary in the leaf axils, terminal and on the lower side of a short, scaly branch, subtended by 2 pairs of bracts, at maturity surrounded by a fleshy, reddish disc, appearing berry-like.
Accepted Name:
Taxus brevifolia Nutt.
Synonyms:
Taxus baccata L. ssp. brevifolia (Nuttall) Pilger
Taxus baccata L. var. brevifolia (Nutt.) Koehne
Taxus baccata L. var. canadensis Bentham
Taxus lindleyana A. Murray bis
Taxux bourcieri Carrière

Treated in Flora of the PNW as:
Taxus brevifolia
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria Specimens: View list of Taxus brevifolia specimens in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WTU Herbarium Specimens: View list of Taxus brevifolia specimens in the WTU Herbarium database.

Washington Flora Checklist: Taxus brevifolia treatment.

E-Flora BC: Taxus brevifolia atlas page.

CalPhotos: Taxus brevifolia images.

USDA Plants Database: Taxus brevifolia.
Additional photographs of Taxus brevifolia:
(click on a thumbnail to view larger photo)

Clayton J. Antieau, 1995

Clayton J. Antieau, 1988

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

H. Tim Gladwin, 1987

H. Tim Gladwin, 1982

Bud Kovalchik

Clayton J. Antieau, 2006

G. D. Carr, 2006

G. D. Carr, 2006

G. D. Carr, 2006

Regina Johnson, 2011

Regina Johnson, 2011

Regina Johnson, 2011

Susan McDougall, 2004

Ron Bockelman, 2011

Ron Bockelman, 2011

Ron Bockelman, 2011

Ron Bockelman, 2011

Ron Bockelman, 2011

Ron Bockelman, 2011
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