Species: Irish Yew (Taxus baccata f. fasciculata)

Family: Yews (TAXACEAE)

Category: Non-Flowering Plants

Location: E

A. Non-Flowering Plants

More extensive information on non-flowering plants can be found in a separate blog post.

B. Yews (TAXACEAE)

The yew family is a small evergreen coniferous family of about 30 species worldwide, with spirally arranged leaves. Yew trees are either male or female. The male cones shed pollen in early Spring, and the female 'cones' are reduced to single seeds covered by a fleshy protective berry called an aril.

Conifers (which includes yews) are classed as non-flowering plants because seeds are borne externally on the upper surface of the scales of female cones.

C. Irish Yew (Taxus baccata f. fasciculata)

An upright, columnar evergreen tree, the Irish Yew was discovered growing in Co. Fermanagh, Ireland, in 1780, and thought to be a natural mutant of the Yew. The grey-brown bark peels, and the needle-like leaves grow round the main stem, not in rows.

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Irish Yew

The Irish Yew was discovered growing in Co. Fermanagh, Ireland, in 1780, and thought to be a natural mutant of the Yew.

Irish Yew

The grey-brown bark peels, and the needle-like leaves grow round the main stem, not in rows.