Wild Flowers Provence

Identify wild flowers, trees, shrubs, orchids and other plants in Provence, France.

Environ 2800 photos de près de 700 plantes sauvages.  Comment le voir en français.
Around 2800 photos of nearly 700 wild plants.
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Taxus baccata

If
Yew

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Additional information

Plant family

Area

Sainte Baume

Flower colour

yellow

Flower size

♂3-4 mm,

♀1-2 mm

Flowering months

March,

April

Leaf type

Linear

Height

15 m

Description

A slow growing tree or shrub, mostly branched from below.

All parts of the Yew contain the poisonous alkaloid ‘taxine’. The seed is poisonous but not the red flesh of the Yew berry.

Flowers

Flowers hang underneath the branches.

Leaves

Linear narrow blade leaf, like grass. In two flat rows along the branch, dark green, shiny above with noticeable midrib, underside light-green, 1-3.5 cm long, 2-3 mm wide.

Fruits Seeds

Berry: cup-shaped, bright red, fleshy, 8-12 mm wide; the seed is oval, initially green turning brown.

Medical

Leaves: the clippings from Yew hedges are collected between July – September; they are used in the process of making a chemotherapy drug to treat breast cancer.

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