About: Also known as English yew, or European yew, Taxus baccata is a conifer native to western, central and southern Europe, northwest Africa, northern Iran and southwest Asia. Baccata is Latin for bearing red berries. The word yew as it was originally used seems to refer to the color brown. It is a small to medium-sized evergreen tree, growing 10–20 meters tall, with a trunk up to 2 meters diameter. The leaves are flat, dark green. The red berry-like things you see in the image are seed cones, each cone containing a single seed, partly surrounded by a modified scale which develops into a soft, bright red structure called an aril. Puzzle Of The Day On:
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