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Shrubs ( Coniferous Shrubs )
Yew Family (Taxaceae)

Western Yew
Taxus brevifolia

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 Western Slope Montane
Height:
 Up to 2 m

Description: Although western yew grows as a tree further west, it is restricted to shrub form in the Rockies. It doesn't appear on the eastern slopes within the study area. It prefers moist habitats, particularly along streams. The evergreen needles are flat, approximately 2.5 cm, dark, yellowish-green above and paler below. They have a sharp point at the tip, and a short stalk. It grows as both male and female plants. On the female plants, the seeds are unusual in appearance. The hard seed is partially covered by a red, fleshy cup which remains open at one end. The needles and seeds are poisonous.

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