Nat. ord., Coniferae.

The Yew.

Characters. - A densely branched, dark, evergreen tree, not lofty, but attaining a great age, with a thick trunk and hard wood. Leaves 6 to 9 lines long, inserted all round the branches, but spreading in one plane in two opposite ranks, convex and shining on the upper side. Catkins very small, in the axils of the leaves. Fruit, a hard seed, partly imbedded in a bright red, pulpy, half transparent, berry-like cup.

An account of the effects of this is given in B. J. H., xiv. Part employed. -The young shoots. Preparation. - Tincture (20 O.P. spirit). Average loss of moisture, 59 per cent.