Taxus baccata

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    Polish name: cis pospolity.
    Latine name: Taxus baccata

    Taxus baccata is a conifer native to western, central and southern Europe, northwest Africa, northern Iran and southwest Asia. Originally and still widely known in English as just Yew, the later discovery of other very similar related species has led to qualification as European Yew, Common Yew or English Yew where detail of which species of Taxus is required.
    All parts of the tree are highly toxic—except the bright red aril surrounding the seed, enabling ingestion and dispersal by birds—due to cyanide and the toxic alkaloid taxine. The plant remains toxic, even when wilted or dried. Horses may die from a mouthful of yew, and a 1/4 lb of the plant will kill an adult horse in 15 minutes. The tree should be fenced off or removed from pasture land to prevent grazing animals from consuming it.
    The yew is often found in churchyards from England and Ireland to Galicia; some of these trees are exceptionally large (over 3 m diameter) and likely to be over 2,000 years old, long predating the churches they are beside and betokening an earlier sacred site.

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    1. cassandra204 ages ago | reply

      This brilliant photo is like a shooting star, splendid!
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    2. Dzwjedziak ages ago | reply

      Może i on pospolity....
      akle piękny bardzo!!

      Śliczne zdjątko

    3. SilesianBromba ages ago | reply

      E tam...

      Jakiś taki ..
      ...za-czerwieniony..
      :-P

      Great shot...

    4. friedkampes ages ago | reply

      Great photo! The colors are beautiful

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    5. Wen_Rex ages ago | reply

      Very beautiful photo.... Red and green! reminds of the coming Yuletide Season. Very educational description of your photo, thanks!

    6. stephgum32807 ages ago | reply

      Incredible picture: Have never seen anything like this ever!
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    7. aGinger ages ago | reply

      excellent! great composition and beautiful colours!

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    8. arjuna_zbycho ages ago | reply

      To jest fantastyczna fotka. Moj faworyt.

    9. miumiulina 118 months ago | reply

      so cute ~~
      Seen in Colourful! You have made our group proud with this composition.
      chapeau!

    10. DHPhotos 118 months ago | reply

      Beautiful shot!

    11. stumpsaver 106 months ago | reply

      SWEEP!


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