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A family of mostly dioecious conifers with the ovules solitary or in pairs and not borne in cones, but surrounded when ripe by a fleshy sheath or aril, which is often coloured and resembles a berry. This is always open at the tip, exposing the pollination pore, or micropyle, of the ovule. The male flowers are borne in tiny globular cones; the pollen grains are unwinged; and no resin cells or canals occur in the wood. There are 6 genera and 18 species, including Taxus (yew), in the northern temperate zone and in New Caledonia.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.

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