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The family TAXACEAE


A family of eleven genera of evergreen trees or shrubs with a widespread distribution. The staminate and ovulate strobili are usually borne on different plants. The ovulate strobilus is normally one-seeded, and does not develop woody scales when ripe. The dry or fleshy seed is more or less surrounded by a fleshy aril or by a succulent scale, or is borne on a fleshy receptacle or swollen stalk.

Taxaceae includes the genera:

Taxus
Torreya
Podocarpus
Prumnopitys
Cephalotaxus

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