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Taxus brevifolia

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Native Americans traditionally used Pacific yew for constructing
harpoons, spear handles, eating utensils, wedges, paddles, and clubs
used in battle and for hunting seals [5].  Pacific yew is renowned for
its value in making bows and was formerly referred to as "bow plant" by
the Salish people [75].  Bows made from Pacific yew tended to be broad,
short, and flat [80].  Pacific yew is still used to craft some of the
finest archery bows.  The best bows are made from wood which has been
cured for several decades [5] and are, not surprisingly, quite costly.

Some Native American peoples traditionally associated Pacific yew with
death and bereavement [32,75].  The fragrant foliage was used as a
deodorant and cleaning agent [75].  Tonics made from Pacific yew were
used medicinally by many peoples of the Pacific Northwest [75].
Although seeds are poisonous, the fleshy portions surrounding them were
sometimes eaten [75].  The supple, stringy underbark was sometimes used
for braiding and weaving various items [32].