Taxus brevifolia


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Taxus brevifolia

[‚tak·səs ‚brev·i′fō·lē·ə]
(botany)
The Pacific yew tree, from which the anticancer compound taxol is derived.
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The isolation and structure of taxol, a novel antileukemic and antitumor agent from Taxus brevifolia. Journal of the American Chemical Society.
"A rare species of yew, Taxus Brevifolia, was considered to have no value until it was found that an extract could be used as a cancer drug."
Western yew -- Taxus brevifolia -- is also called Pacific yew and mountain mahogany.
Spectacular finds, such as the current excitement over the bark extractive taxol from the Pacific yew (Taxus brevifolia) which shows promise in the treatment of ovarian cancer, only illustrate the importance of wood chemistry research.