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[Ambassador report] The Himalyan Yew - Taxus wallichiana

by Arjun Anand | 12-08-2020 16:06 Comments 7 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations

Hey everyone, hope you all are doing fine and are well.

What is the Himalayan Yew?

Taxus wallichiana, the Himalayan yew, is a species of yew, native to the Himalaya and parts of south-east Asia. The species has a variety of uses in traditional medicine. It is currently classified as endangered by the IUCN.

This is a species of the yew and is native to parts of south-east asia and the Himalaya.  This plant has a variety of uses in traditional medicine.    This species can live in a variety of habitats, like montane, temperate and tropical submontane to high montane forests.  This plant tends to be present as a low canopy tree.

Uses of Himalayan yew:

 The tree has medicinal use in Tibetan medicine and Ayurveda. Taxus wallichiana is also a source of the chemical precursors to an anticancer drug . Taxus wallichiana is used for making tea by many tribal communities  in the Himalayas.  The stem bark of this species, which is locally known as thuner, is collected for this purpose. This species is also used as fuelwood by the local communities. In Himachal it is known to be medicine for some types of cancer.

Why the himalayan yew is in danger :

A chemical compound called ‘taxol’ is extracted from the bark, needles, twigs and roots of this tree, and it has been successfully used to treat some cancers – the drug is now the biggest selling anti-cancer drug in the

world. The species is under great threat due to over-exploitation. In the last one decade,thousands of yew trees have dried up in various parts of India.

How himalyan yew can be conserved:

GTC (Global Trees Campaign) worked with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), Nepal’s National Botanic Garden (NBG) and the Government of Nepal, Department of Plant Resources (DPR) to scale up conservation of yew’s in Nepal, including Taxus contorta Therefore, to conserve himalayan yew, we need to scale up conservation and protect these species.


Sang Su Mentor

  • Sang Su Mentor says :
    Hi Arjun Anand, this is a mentor, Sang Su Lee.

    When I finish reading this kind of article, I could feel how wonderful and precious the nature is. Himalayan Yew seems a beneficial medicine to cure cancer. However, it is so sad that over exploitation is drying up its population. Balance is essential for the ecosystem to sustain.

    Green cheers.

    Thank you for introducing such a species.
    Posted 26-08-2020 00:37

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Arjun

    Greetings and Namaste from Nepal
    Wishing you a safe stay
    Thank you for your report on Taxus wallichiana

    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.
    Green Cheers :)

    Best wishes,
    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 13-08-2020 21:55


  • ALOK DHAKAL says :
    Thank you so much for shedding more lights on it.
    Keep writing!!
    Posted 13-08-2020 15:05

Taehyun Mentor

  • Taehyun Mentor says :
    Hello Arjun, this is mentor Taehyun!

    Thank you for your article on "himalyan yew"! This happened because there was a Taxol in the tree and many people were collecting it... I'm so sorry. Our interest is the surest way to protect these trees...

    Thank you for the report!

    Green cheers!
    Posted 13-08-2020 12:28

Aarati Khatri

  • Aarati Khatri says :
    Greetings Arjum Anand,
    I hope you are doing great and is safe wherever you are,
    Being from Forestry background I am very much familiar with this species.
    Thank you so much for shedding more lights on it.
    Keep on sharing
    Posted 13-08-2020 00:53

Shobita Neupane

  • Shobita Neupane says :

    Hello Arjun,
    This was a informative piece of writing about ShobitaThe Himalyan Yew - Taxus wallichiana. Thank you for the writing.

    Posted 12-08-2020 17:27

Sonika Pariyar

  • Sonika Pariyar says :
    Hello Arjun,

    I hope you are fine and doing great!

    Himalayan Yew is highly medicinal plant .Its sad to know that it is listed in list of endangerd species.

    Thanks for sharing!


    Posted 12-08-2020 17:22

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