Taxon  Report   7929 
Taxus brevifolia  Nutt.
California yew,  Pacific yew, Western yew
Taxus brevifolia
© 2012 Jean Pawek
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Taxus brevifolia
© 2009 Julie Kierstead Nelson
Taxus brevifolia
© 2008 Keir Morse
Taxus brevifolia, a gymnosperm, is a tree that is native to California and is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.

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Taxus brevifolia
© 2003 Joseph Dougherty/
Family: TAXACEAE  
Genus: Taxus
Mixed Evergreen Forest, Douglas-Fir Forest, Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest
Wetlands: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands
Toxicity: MAJOR (SEEDS)   [California Poison Control System 2010]    
Name Status:
Accepted by TJM2 + PLANTS + JM93
Alternate Names:
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TJM2: Taxus brevifolia var. polychaeta
TJM2: Taxus brevifolia var. reptaneta
More information about  Taxus brevifolia
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on CalPhotos / Google Images
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Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Feb 18, 2018).

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