[Conifers of the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and Washington]

Pacific Yew, Western Yew

Taxus brevifolia

Synonyms: Taxus baccata ssp. brevifolia, Taxus baccata var. brevifolia, Taxus baccata var. canadensis, Taxus lindleyana, Taxux bourcieri

Pacific Yew, Western Yew: Taxus brevifolia (Synonyms: Taxus baccata ssp. brevifolia, Taxus baccata var. brevifolia, Taxus baccata var. canadensis, Taxus lindleyana, Taxux bourcieri)

Pacific yew as seen along the Lewis River Trail #31, Gifford Pinchot National Forest................May 3, 2015.

Pacific Yew, Western Yew: Taxus brevifolia (Synonyms: Taxus baccata ssp. brevifolia, Taxus baccata var. brevifolia, Taxus baccata var. canadensis, Taxus lindleyana, Taxux bourcieri) - Pacific Yew, Western Yew: Taxus brevifolia (Synonyms: Taxus baccata ssp. brevifolia, Taxus baccata var. brevifolia, Taxus baccata var. canadensis, Taxus lindleyana, Taxux bourcieri)

The scan above shows the upper (left) and lower (right) surfaces of the needles of Pacific yew. The ventral needle surfaces of Pacific yew lack the grayish to white stomatal bloom that is characteristic of other flat-needle conifers found on the mountain.

Paul Slichter