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Yew - Taxus baccata

Observed: 3rd August 2012 By: FenwickfieldFenwickfield’s reputation in PlantsFenwickfield’s reputation in PlantsFenwickfield’s reputation in PlantsFenwickfield’s reputation in PlantsFenwickfield’s reputation in Plants
Yew - Taxus baccata
Yew - Taxus baccata (2)
Yew - Taxus baccata (3)
Description:

No Habitat to fit as it was a medieval churchyard very old tree thought the berry looked lovely.

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Species with which Yew (Taxus baccata) interacts

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Amadan's picture

The "arils"

Caught very nicely in your pictures, are said to be the only part of the plant that is not poisonous: hence birds can eat them and spread the seeds.
As to "very old tree", I remember reading that in several cases, Christian churches were built on previously-sacred sites, and the yews can be older than the church in whose grounds they now stand.

DavidHowdon's picture

The seeds

Although I understand that the seeds themselves are still poisonous (at least to humans).

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David Howdon

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True

They are it is only birds that can eat them.

Fenwickfield