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Nutmeg yew,
Torreya californica, Torreya taxifolia

Gymnosperme of the family Taxaceae (English Yew, Torreya)


Etymology:
the species Torreya taxifolia was discovered in 1838 by the botanist Harvey Croom and named in honor of the American botanist John Torrey (1796-1873). Torrey identifies in 1854 another species of the same genus in California, Torreya californica.
Origin: California and China, Japan.
Rate of Growth: slow.
Shape: pyramidal.
Right trunk.
Bark: grey, shedding strap-like.
Persistent leaf: flat needle of 4 cm long, 3 mm broad, very aromatic.
Flower: male and female in general separated on distinct feet (species dioecious)
Fruit: drupe in the form of olive, appearing in September, reaching 4 cm long with maturity backs it up year.

 
 
 

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