The Pacific Yew, Taxus
brevifolia, are found from sourthern Alaska to northern California.
They are commonly found as an under story tree in Pacific coast forests,
growing in similar areas as western hemlock. The leaves range from
one and one-half to one inches long. The bark is a thick dark purplish or
red-brown color: flaky or scaly. Pacific Yew has a long reddish, oval
fruit that is 2/8-5/8 inches. |
It's been called the most
promising new cancer drug to come
along in years. Taxol, extracted from the bark of Pacific Yew,
has been shown to be effective against
ovarian cancer and may assist in the treatment of other
forms of the disease.
Oak, Rhus diversiloba, is usually an erect shrub, but in
low light it will climb and use aerial rootlets. It has oak-shaped toothed
leaflets in groups of three. Its color is a
light shiny green to dark green to bright red depending on the time of year.
Small green flowers occur in leaf axils. The poisonous fruits are small
white or cream colored berries which hang in clusters. Environmental
often result large variations in plant form from one locale to another.
Other Organisms at Hills Creek:
Pacific Madrone |
|Big Leaf Maple |
Yew & Taxol
yew Trees to Know in
Debate over Pacific Yew
Hills Creek Reservoir
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