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The leaves and seeds of yew (small trees or shrubs) contain poisonous alkaloids so potent, they can cause heart and respiratory failure in an animal so quickly that no symptoms appear - the animal just drops dead!

The flesh of the berries are the least poisonous parts.

Native Americans treated influenza with a tea made from the bark and twigs of the Canadian Yew tree.

Wood from yew trees were used to make long bows.

The Pacific Yew is being studied today as the source for a drug to treat certain types of cancers.



 

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