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H. G. Richter, K. Gembruch, G. Koch

Taxus spp. (Eibe, yew) - CITES II

Nomenclature. Family: TAXACEAE. Other trade relevant species: protected species:. Code according to DIN EN 13556: none. Internal code: TAX.

CITES(EU) status of protection. Listed in Annex II(B). Similar woods: all other species of the genera Taxus and Torreya .

Geographic distribution. Temperate Asia and India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka. Taxus chinensis: China, Vietnam; T. cuspidata: Kurilen, Sakhalin, Japan, N-China, Korea; T. fuana: Afghanistan, China, Insia, Nepal, Pakistan; T. sumatrana: Indonesia, Philippines; T. wallichiana: China, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Laos Myanmar, Vietnam.

Growth rings, colour, grain, etc. Growth ring boundaries distinct; transition from earlywood to latewood abrupt, or gradual (depends on growth conditions). Heartwood basically brown (light brown (white coffee) to dark brown); without streaks. Sapwood distinct from heartwood colour. Odour indistinct or absent. Wood of medium weight to heavy and hard (0.60–0.80 g/cm³). Interlocked grain absent.

Hardwood vs softwood. Vessels (pores) absent (= softwood).

Rays. Rays narrow. Large rays commonly less than 1 mm high.

Resin canals. Normal resin canals absent.

Physical and chemical tests. Heartwood not fluorescent. Water extract not fluorescent; colourless to brown. Ethanol extract not fluorescent; colourless to brown. Froth test negative. Splinter burns to charcoal.

Additional information. • tax.jpg. Wood surface, natural size.


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Cite this publication as: ‘Richter, H.G., Gembruch, K., and Koch, G. 2014 onwards. CITESwoodID: descriptions, illustrations, identification, and information retrieval. In English, French, German, and Spanish. Version: 16th May 2014. delta-intkey.com’.

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