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MUST NOT EAT SEED OR ANY OTHER PART OF YEW BUSH, EXCEPT RED FLESH OF BERRIES!
SPECIES / FAMILY: Taxaceae
OTHER COMMON NAME(S): English Yew, Common Yew
COMMENT: Pop the seed out before you eat this fruit. Yews can be trimmed as a bush or a tree. // Fruit - raw. Very sweet and gelatinous, most people find it delicious though some find it sickly. A number of people who like the flavour do not like the texture which is often described as being 'snotty'.(1)
CAUTION: MUST NOT EAT SEED! All parts of the plant, except the flesh of the fruit, are highly poisonous, having a paralyzing affect on the heart. Poisoning symptoms are dry mouth, vomiting, vertigo, abdominal pain, dyspnoea, arrhythmias, hypotension & unconsciousness.(1)
LOOK-A-LIKES: Yew needles resemble short needled pine trees, such as hemlock and spruce, although these trees do not produce berries like the Yew does.
OTHER USES: Fuel; Hedge; Hedge; Incense; Insecticide; Wood.(1)
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