Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Yew (Taxus baccata)

Synonym(s): Taxus cuspitata, Japanese yew tree

Contributor(s): Alexander Campbell, Wilson Rumbeiha, Vetstream Ltd

Introduction

  • The yew Yew (Taxus baccata) is an evergreen tree.
  • Found in rich woodlands.
  • Near instant effect (cattle poisoned by yew are often found with leaves still in their mouths).
  • Toxic parts:
    • Leaves.
    • Seeds.
    • Twigs.
  • Only the red arils, the fleshy outer parts of the fruits, are considered non-toxic.

Toxicity

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Clinical signs

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Treatment

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Kite G C, Lawrence T J, Dauncey E A (2000) Detecting Taxus poisoning in horses using liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry. Vet Hum Toxicol 42 (3), 151-154.

Other sources of information

  • Allison K (1999) bA Guide to Plants Poisonous to Horses. J A Allen & Co Ltd. ISBN 0851316980.
  • Cooper M R & Johnson A W (1998) Poisonous Plants and Fungi - An Illustrated Guide. The Stationery Office. ISBN 0112429815.
  • Burrows G E & Tyrl R J (2001) Toxic Plants of North America. Iowa State University Press, Ames, Iowa.
  • Campbell A & Chapman M (2000) Handbook of Poisoning in Dogs and Cats. Blackwell Science.
  • Allison K & Day C (1997) A Guide to Plants Poisonous to Horses. British Association of Holistic Nutrition and Medicine.

Organization(s)

  • Cornell University - Poisonous Plants Informational Database. Website: www.ansci.cornell.edu/plants.
  • ToxicologyOnline.com. Website: www.toxonline.com.
  • Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS), London Center, Medical Toxicology Unit, Avonley Road, London SE14 5ER, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7635 9195; Fax: +44 (0)20 7771 5309.
  • Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS), Leeds Center, The General Infirmary, Great George Street, Leeds LS1 3EX, UK. Tel: +44 (0)113 245 0530; Fax: +44 (0)113 244 5849.


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