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Himalayan Yew

The Himalayan yew is widely but sparsely distributed along cool temperate belts between 2600 and 3300 m in the Western Himalyas.It is a temperate conifer tree and the leaves yield the anti-cancer drug taxol.

Traditionally the bark of this plant was used in butter tea and medicines and its wood as timber in various regions of the Himalayas. However due to its excessive collection for use in anti-tumor and anti-cancer drugs, its population has vastly reduced.