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COMMON NAMES :
The shoots and leaves were picked at the end of December and tinctured in 40 percent alcohol for 8 weeks. Dolisos Pharmacy made up the 30c potency.
Plantae; Spermatophyta, Gymnospermae; Taxopsida; Taxales; Taxaceae - Taxus-Taxus brevifolia
Trees and Plants That Heal
The Proving and Application of Five New Homeopathic Medicines :
Steve Olsen, N.D., D.H.A.N.P., C.C.H.
Copyright © 1997 by Steve Olsen
Description of the substance
GENERAL BOTANICAL CHARACTERISTICS :
Pacific yew is a slow-growing evergreen shrub or tree which commonly
reaches 20 to 40 feet (6-12 m) at maturity [65,68]. On favorable
coastal lowland sites, scattered individuals can grow to 60 feet (18 m)
in height and have diameters of 2 to 3 feet or more (0l6-0.9 m) . On
poor sites, such as those at higher elevations, Pacific yew grows as a
large sprawling shrub . This large shrub or tree can reach maturity
at 250 to 350 years of age  and often survives for several centuries
Pacific yew is characterized by a conical crown and slender, drooping
horizontal branchlets [32,55]. The trunk is limby and often contorted
or malformed [29,32,62]. Twigs are slender, hairless and green, but
become dark reddish brown in the second growing season . Bark is
very thin (approximately 0.25 inch [64 mm]), scaly, with purplish outer
scales covering newly formed reddish or purplish inner bark [30,32,62].
The root system is fibrous .
The sharp-pointed leaves are linear to lanceolate, 0.5 to 1 inch (1-3
cm) long, and spirally arranged [32,55,62]. Leaves are dark
yellow-green above and paler beneath [30,55]. Leaves persist for at
least 5 to 6 years [30,62].
Pacific yew is dioecious . Globose, yellowish staminate cones
approximately 0.12 inch (3mm) in length are produced in abundance on
male plants [11,30]. Single, greenish, ovulate cones are borne on the
lower sides of branches [30,62]. Fruit is a red, fleshy, ovoid,
berrylike aril [30,55]. Each fruit is approximately 0.4 inch (1 cm) in
length and matures in one season . The cup-shaped fruit surrounds a
large single, naked seed [30,70]. The seed is reddish, obvoid-oblong,
with a hard bony shell exposed at the apex [29,62].
GENERAL DISTRIBUTION :
Pacific yew grows along the Pacific Coast of southeastern Alaska
southward through western British Columbia to central California
[46,55]. In the Rocky Mountain region, it occurs from southeastern
British Columbia through northwestern Montana and northern Idaho into
eastern Washington and Oregon .
Dense stands of shrubby Pacific yew dominate approximately 40,000 acres
(16,000 ha) in the South Fork of the Clearwater Drainage of
north-central Idaho . This plant has been essentially eliminated
from another 9,880 acres (4,000 ha) by timber harvest .