Taxus brevifolia- The Pacific Yew

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The Pacific Yew is an understory tree found in coniferous forests along the Pacific coast from southern Alaska to northern California. It's a food source to many herbivores in its neighborhood and a shelter to others. In the past, its wood has been used to make wooden utensils, boat oars and other novelty items that would be made by skilled woodworkers. But its claim to fame is a compound found in its bark. This compound, Taxol, was found simply by luck in the 1962. It has been found to inhibit the growth of various types of cancer and is an effective chemotherapy drug.

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