Taxus contorta


N. Afghanistan to C. Himalaya as per WCSP;
 

In most of the literature referring to Taxus in the Himalayas only one species, Taxus wallichiana, is recognized for the entire mountain chain [often referred to as T. baccata ssp. wallichiana (Zucc.) Pilg.]. More recently, all of the populations occurring from central Nepal westward to northern Pakistan and Afghanistan have been assigned to the relatively recently described species T. fuanaNan Li & R.R.Mill (Möller et al. 2007, Shah et al. 2008), which was first known from the Himalayas of SW Xizang [Tibet]. This species has turned out to be synonymous with T. contorta Griff., a much earlier name, that has priority and must therefore be used.  
This is the only yew occurring in Afghanistan, Pakistan, northwestern India and western Nepal. It also occurs in the Jilong Xian in Xizang, China.The total extent of occurrence is in excess of 20,000 km2. The area of occupancy (AOO) is uncertain, but given that subpopulations are usually small and localized, it is likely to be less than 2,000 km2.  
In northwestern India, it occurs in small scattered populations, usually along streams within coniferous forests in Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh. It occurs at lower altitudes than in Pakistan (1,700-2,600 m asl), probably due to increased precipitation. In western and central Nepal (ca 83° 30’ E) T. contorta occurs in similar situations as in northwest India.  
(From  IUCN Red List (LC) on 11.12.13)

 
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This gymnosperm was shot near helipad of Ghanghariya during VOF Tour....
I got its name as Taxus wallichiana ssp. baccata through discussions in VOF Week.. 
This should be better named as T. contorta Griff. as per efi link.

Thanks Sir, I overlooked this recent post...
 
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VoF Week: Taxus baccata from Ghangriya near helipad:
Taxus baccata from Ghangriya near helipad
An important Medicinal Plant
The Himalayan species is Taxus wallichiana Zucc. (Syn: Taxus baccata subsp. wallichiana)
Thanks ... for latest Information
T. contorta Griff. as per another thread.

Taxus contorta


Taxus wallichiana Zucc. (Syn: Taxus baccata subsp. wallichiana) - Thanks ... for the ID

along Ghangria - Govind ghat trail

16.08.2012


this one most likely has taxol even in its leaves, not just the bark
T. contorta Griff. as per another thread.
These fruits (if we call them as fruit, gymnosperms do not produce true fruits) are juicy and edible. I have enjoyed them at Ghangaria. 'Thuner' as locally called is an important veterinary medicine also. 
Yes Taxus contorta http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/39147/0


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Gymnosperms fortnight :: Taxus from Paddar valley SKR08 : Attachments (1). 3 posts by 3 authors.  
Taxus contorta Griff. from Paddar valley J&K.
 
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This tree was spotted near Ghangaria (En-route Valley of Flowers)..
Common name: Himalayan Yew
Bot. name: Taxus baccata
Family: Taxaceae
It sure is a Taxus
However, the nomenclature and identity of the western Himalayan Yew (Taxus baccata/ T. baccata ssp. wallichiana/ T. wallichiana/ and also T. fauna for some time) has been a matter of debate for long and seems to have settled as under:
The eastern Himalayan Yew is Taxus wallichiana and the western Himalayan Yew is now Taxus contorta.
 
Yes ... West Himalayan Taxus should be better named as T. contorta Griff.
Although both major databases (GRIN and The Plant List) treat it as synonym of T. wallichiana, it is advisable to follow this recent publication:
Thomas, P. 2011. Taxus contorta. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 
Taxaceae family : The Yews
There areb 5 genera in it with 23 species. Taxus being the only widespread genus.


 
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Gymnosperm Fortnight: Taxus contorta: 101213: GSG-05 : 2 images. 4 posts by 4 authors.
Taxus contorta (=T. baccata, T. wallichiana), the Western Himalayan Yew, is locally known as 'Thuna', 'Rakhal', and 'Birmi' in different parts of Himachal Pradesh.
Needles traded as raw drugs under the name 'Birmi Talish'. Bark locally used in making herbal tea. Photographed in Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh.
Thanks, ..., for all thse wonderful posts.
The beautiful edible fruits!
This species is now more important as a potential source of 'Taxol".
 
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Taxus contorta, West Himalayan Taxus,
Photographed from Srinagar, Kashmir. 
 
  
 
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