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Scientific name of Yew: Taxus baccata

Name of in different languages:-

English: Yew, English yew, Common Yew

Sanskrit: Sthauneya

Hindi: Birmi

Malayalam: Taxus-ടാക്സസ്

Plant description

It is an evergreen tree, found in the Himalayan region in India, grows up to 15 m tall. The leaves are silvery and look very attractive, flat, lanceolate, dark green in color, up to4 cm long and 3 mm broad and arranged spirally on the stem. The bark is reddish-brown, flowers are dioecious, flowering period is March-April, the fruits are berries, reddish and fleshy with a single green seed, the  fruiting period is September- November.
The tree has dark green. Useful plant parts: Fruit, root, leaves, stem

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Linear Margin-Entire Venation-parallel

 Margin_Entire  Venation-Parallel

Useful plant parts:

Fruit, root, leaves, stem

Caution: Except the flesh of the fruits, all other parts of the plant are highly toxic.

Medicinal uses:

To treat Cancer, asthma, bronchitis, rheumatism, cystitis, eruptions, headaches, heart problems, kidney problems, hiccup, indigestion, and epilepsy.

Chemical contents:

Taxol (Anti-cancer), Narcotic; Purgative, Cardiotonic, Expectorant, Anticonvulsant, Antispasmodic, Diaphoretic, Emmenagogue.

It is used as an ingredient to prepare the Ayurveda medicines like:-

Nisosiradi Thailam

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