Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier Flora -- Taxus brevifolia -- (Western Yew)

photos by Susan McDougall


Taxus brevifolia

The trees of Western Yew are male or female; the small male pollen cones are shown in this photo taken in the spring. An understory tree or large shrub, Western Yew is most common on the southeast side of the Park, particularly along Laughingwater Creek. The scaly bark is reddish to brown.

Location: Longmire Campground, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: April 7, 2016

Author: Susan McDougall
Longmire Campground, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.7505, -121.5455, 2822
Date: April 7, 2016
Taxus brevifolia

The branches are long and drooping, and the trees may have multiple trunks.

Location: Longmire Campground, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: April 7, 2016

Author: Susan McDougall
Longmire Campground, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.7425, -121.814, 2758
Date: April 7, 2016
Taxus brevifolia

The female "cones", as shown in the photo, are unconventional for a conifer. They are red and berrylike; within is a single seed.

Location: Longmire Campground, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: August 29, 2014

Author: Susan McDougall
Longmire Campground, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.7425, -121.814, 2758
Date: August 29, 2014
Taxus brevifolia

The flattened needles are pointed although not prickly and arranged in 2 ranks along the branches.

Location: Cougar Rock Campground, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: June 11, 2014

Author: Susan McDougall
Cougar Rock Campground, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.7687, -121.7944, 3196
Date: June 11, 2014

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